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Monday, March 17, 2008


Legislation that would stop pending cuts in physicians’ Medicare payments won the support of the American Medical Association. The bill by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) would prevent the 10.6-percent cut scheduled for July 1 and another 5-percent reduction on the books for 2009. “We urge Congress to act before the cut begins this July and seniors’ access to care is negatively affected,” said AMA President-Elect Nancy H. Nielsen, MD. TMA lobbyists say the Stabenow bill is a complement to the long-term solution offered by our own Sen. John Cornyn. His bill would base future payment adjustments on physicians’ costs of running a practice. We will urge Senators Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and Texans in the House to support both measures. You can do that too by joining Dr. Hinchey and other TMA leaders as they personally deliver the message to our congressional delegation at AMA’s National Advocacy Conference, April 1-2, in Washington, D.C.

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