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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.

Fee-for-Service

A method of paying for health or medical services. Doctors and hospitals are paid for each individual service they provide to the patient. Bills can…