WASHINGTON House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement in response to Senate passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation permanently repealing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).
“Years of hard work have finally paid off. Medicare is now on sounder footing, and our seniors have more security. Much more needs to be done to save Medicare, but this legislation includes important structural reforms, makes the program more focused on quality care, and allows Congress to now focus on the patient-centered reform needed to preserve Medicare for future generations. The big bipartisan support behind it gives me confidence that we can still do big things around here, and I hope to build off this success as we tackle other challenges this year.“