Thanks to all of you who have taken action on H.R. 1868; the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, March 19, but we still need your help!
Now the bill is expected to be considered in the Senate where it may be more difficult to obtain passage. Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES on H.R. 1868, which prevents or delays across-the-board Medicare cuts referred to as sequestration.
There are two impending sequestration cuts:
- The historical 2% Medicare Sequestration was delayed until April 1, 2021, as part of the COVID relief package passed at the end of 2020. H.R. 1868 would further delay this 2% sequestration until the end of 2021.
- Due to pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules, the American Relief Plan - which was passed earlier this month -- will require another deep Medicare sequester of about 4%. H.R. 1868 would also eliminate this second sequester.
(Note that Senators Shaheen and Collins have introduced the “Medicare Sequester Relief Act” (S.748), a more limited bill, which would only delay the 2% sequester until the end of the Public Health Emergency, but doesn't address the 4% PAYGO cuts.)
Please urge your Senators to support passage of H.R. 1868, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, when it is considered in the Senate.