Representatives Doyle and Olson Introduce Bill to Allow Medicare Coverage for Radiology Procedures

April 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-18) and Pete Olson (TX-22) announced today that they have introduced H.R. 1970, the Medicare Access to Radiology Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would allow for Medicare coverage of qualified Radiologist Assistant (RA) services.

“One of the biggest concerns among Americans is the rising cost of healthcare,” Rep. Mike Doyle observed. “Many of us in Congress are looking for ways to reduce health care costs while maintaining - or even improving - the quality of care provided. This bipartisan bill would improve patient access to care and ensure that radiologists and radiology assistants, working together, provide the highest-quality, most cost-effective medical imaging possible for Medicare beneficiaries.”

“This common sense, bipartisan bill will provide America’s seniors with more efficient healthcare, while saving jobs and money,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “This bill fills critical gaps in doctor shortages by utilizing Radiologist Assistants. This measure will improve the quality of care and ensure timely access to diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures. I’m pleased to join my colleagues in reintroducing this bill and look forward to seeing it become law.”

The Medicare Access to Radiology Act of 2019 would recognize Radiologist Assistants as a non-physician Medicare provider and allow Medicare coverage for their services. 

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (NM) and Cory Gardner (CO) are planning to introduce similar legislation in the Senate.