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Sunset Date

The expiration date of a law or government program.

Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund

Pays for Medicare Part B and Part D and funding via patient premiums and general revenue.

Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

A target growth rate for Medicare spending enacted by law in 1997 that, if exceeded, is supposed to trigger physician payment cuts. The SGR-triggered cuts are continuously delayed and “pushed back” year after year.

Access

The ability to attain medical care which can often be affected by the availability of insurance, price of care and the location of the needed…