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Monday, May 5, 2008

HUTCHISON AND LEGISLATOR-DOCTORS IN THE HOUSE

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, cosponsor of the Save Medicare Act of 2008, led an all-star cast of elected officials who addressed the TMA house. Senator Hutchison’s bill would stop the 10.6-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments scheduled for July 1 and provide a 1.8-percent hike for next year, buying time for Congress to enact a permanent fix to the flawed Medicare payment formula. “I really hope that we can do something that eases your pain and makes sure that none of you has to turn away any Medicare patients,” she said. U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), who is carrying a bill to peg Medicare payments to the cost of running a medical practice, also spoke to the House of Delegates, as did State Sens. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), and Kyle Janek, MD (R-Houston).

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