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Monday, July 14, 2008

TMA READY FOR MEDICARE VETO PEN

The bill that reverses the 10.6-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments moved through the U.S. Senate dramatically. Now we’re waiting for President Bush’s expected veto, as the White House promised shortly after the bill passed. We are very pleased that Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison joined seven other GOP senators in switching votes to support the bill. “Texas physicians want to commend the courage and wisdom of both [of our senators], who voted for their constituents – our patients – today,” said TMA President Josie Williams, MD. “We cannot thank them enough.” Senators Hutchison and Cornyn both said they will vote to override a presidential veto when that comes, and we really appreciate that. U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston), who originally voted against the bill, also said he will vote to override. TMA will send members an alert to spur calls and e-mails to our congressional delegation as soon as the president vetoes the bill. We will not only ask that they vote to override a veto but also encourage them to begin work on a long-term solution to the Medicare payment problem. Despite the confusion, we urge physicians to continue to submit Medicare claims on time.

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