A bipartisan group of senior House members unveiled legislation Tuesday to end automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, with the bill slated to receive a vote this week.
The bill, which has been known as the “doc fix” deal, would end a decades-old payment problem for Medicare doctors, known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR). The current rate expires in one week, which puts pressure on House leaders to meet their goal of a Thursday vote.
The package is expected to cost about $200 billion, one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said late Monday. Only one-third of that cost is expected to be offset, which he acknowledged cost the bill some support in the GOP.
The costs will be shouldered roughly evenly between Medicare beneficiaries and providers.