By Athena Mandros

Signed on April 16, 2015 by President Obama, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) provides funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017 and makes sweeping reforms to Medicare physician reimbursement (see Congress Reauthorizes CHIP Through September 2017). Additionally, MACRA: Extends certain special payment add-ons for Medicare provider organizations, such as the ambulance add-ons and increased inpatient hospital payment adjustment for certain low-volume hospitals Extends funding for abstinence education, the personal responsibility education program, the health care work force demonstration program, and other programs Disallows Medigap plans, which cover 100% of out-of-pocket costs beginning with the…
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