As SGR Repeal Debuts, Senate Dems Stick on CHIPHealth
By Jon Reid
With a repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formally introduced in Congress today, some Senate Democrats are saying their support hinges on a four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, instead of the two-year extension said to be under consideration.
“I’m uncomfortable with fixing rates for doctors for 10 years but only guaranteeing health insurance for children for two,” said Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “There’s been substantial agreement amongst Democrats in the Senate that two years was not enough.”…