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Monday, November 15, 2010

IS A 25-PERCENT MEDICARE CUT OK WITH YOU

Congress returns to Washington today for a lame duck session, and lawmakers need to hear from you and your patients. If they leave town without taking action, physicians’ Medicare payments will drop by 23 percent on Dec. 1 and more than 25 percent on Jan. 1. We need to light up the phones on Capitol Hill and ask for stable rates through the end of next year. On Wednesday, TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, will join representatives of AARP at a news conference in Fort Worth to encourage Medicare patients to call their U.S senators and representative to stop the cuts. Look for a TMA Action Alert Wednesday morning with details on where you should call. This seemingly never-ending crisis affects more than 3 million Texas seniors, people with disabilities, and military families. Get your patients engaged in the Medicare Meltdown Countdown. Post this poster in your waiting and exam rooms. Or, play TMA’s new video explaining the Medicare Meltdown to your patients. In case you’re wondering if they care, 94 percent of Americans say they are concerned about a looming Medicare cut to doctors, according to a new American Medical Association poll.

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