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Monday, December 13, 2010

MEDICARE MELTDOWN DELAYED A FULL YEAR; WILL CONGRESS FIX IT BY THEN

In almost unanimous votes, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a bill stopping the 25-percent cut in physicians’ Medicare payments that was scheduled for Jan. 1. Thanks to all physicians, medical students, and alliance members who took the time to write or call their senators and representatives, urging them to stop the Medicare Meltdown. I also encourage you to thank your Medicare patients, especially those who are members of AARP, for lobbying Congress to stop the cut. Unfortunately, lawmakers did what they have done for the past decade — postpone a scheduled cut, this time for a year — instead of fixing the payment system permanently. “More than 3.3 million Texas seniors, people with disabilities, and military families deserve a sustainable health care program — one they can depend on," said TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, in calling on Congress to get to work now on a payment formula that works

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