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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SENATE PASSES 30-DAY MEDICARE PATCH; HOUSE TAKES THANKSGIVING BREAK

With plenty of calls and e-mails from Texas physicians and patients, Congress took a tentative first step toward stopping the 23-percent Medicare physician payment cut set to take effect Dec. 1. The U.S. House of Representatives will have two days to stop the cut when Congress returns next week from its Thanksgiving recess. Before leaving Washington, the Senate approved a 31-day reprieve. TMA and the Texas AARP joined physician and patient groups from around the country in publicly calling for Congress to stop what TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, calls “this game of chicken.” In just three days, Texas physicians, students, alliance members, and patients sent more than 2,100 calls and e-mails to Capitol Hill. Watch the video from our Fort Worth news conference. Prospects for longer-term relief from the next Medicare Meltdown — a 25-percent cut scheduled for Jan. 1 — are still up in the air. We continue to push Congress to set stable rates for at least a full year.

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