House SGR Package Extends Health Programs, Delays DSH Reductions
On March 26, 2015, the House approved the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) to replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula before the current patch expires on March 31. The bill would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as a number of mandatory-funded health programs operating under short-term extensions. The measure also proposes to delay and modify Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) reductions that were included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
UPDATE (4/16/15): The president has signed this legislation.