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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

HR-2 (2015)

Public Law Number: 114-10

Disposition: 2015-Apr-16
Enacted - Signed by the President

Once the president signs a bill, it becomes a law.

Full title...
An act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children?s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.

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Bill Text (Reading difficulty: Hard)

Sponsor & Key Contributors
Michael Burgess



Other names for this bill

This bill regularly is referred to as MACRA - acronym for Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

It also is called the Permanent Doc Fix, because one of its main provisions prevents a situation in which doctors would have seen a 20-percent in Medicare reimbursement - which could have resulted in many refusing to take Medicare patients.

What this bill does

Among the provisions of this bill are...

o Changes the way doctors are reimbursed for services they provide to Medicare patients. In addition to preventing a large automatic drop in reimbursement, it moves toward compensating based on measures of the quality of care provided.

o Extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017.

o Removing Social Security Numbers from newly issued Medicare identification cards.

More information

You can find more details about this bill at GovTrack.us and www.MedicareVotes.org.

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