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Monday, October 11, 2010

AMA CALLS TEXAS A "MEDICARE ACCESS HOT SPOT" THAT COULD GET WORSE

Texas senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and military families already are having a hard time finding physicians to care for them under Medicare and Tricare. That’s why AMA has designated our state a “Medicare Access Hot Spot.” (PDF) AMA says nearly one in eight Texans lives in a primary care shortage area, and 40 percent of the state’s Medicare beneficiaries live below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. That makes the 23-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payment set to take effect Dec. 1 that much more critical for us to stop. And don’t forget the additional 6.5-percent cut coming Jan. 1. We’re asking physicians and patients to meet with our senators and representatives while they are home now campaigning. Here’s the message:
  • We need their personal commitment for a 13-month Medicare payment freeze starting Dec. 1.
  • Congress cannot delay action until some future date and think that a retroactive “fix” makes medical practices whole. It has and will significantly impact Medicare patient care and access.

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