Senior Caucus e-Update 10-1119 – Stop pay cut to Medicare doctors.
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Time is running out! Medicare Doctors once again face big pay cuts and Congress has until Dec. 1 to block the reductions
On Dec. 1, physicians will take a 23 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements with another 6 percent cut on Jan. 1 unless Congress acts.
On Wednesday doctors from all over the country telephoned lawmakers urging them to prevent the cut. Many physicians have posted placards in their offices saying, “Your doctor may have to stop seeing Medicare patients” if Congress does not act.
We seniors have earned our Medicare. We’ve earned the security of knowing that we can keep seeing the doctors we’ve come to trust and with whom we are comfortable after many years of treatment and checkups.
Call Senators Klobuchar and Franken and your Congressional Representative today. Tell them to ensure that the “doc fix” legislation is passed before Dec. 1.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D- MN) 202-224-3244
Senator Al Franken (D- MN) 202-224-5641
Representative Tim Walz (D – 01) 202-225-2472 3
Representative John Kline (R – 02) 202-225-2271
Representative Erik Paulsen (R – 03) 202-225-2871
Representative Betty McCollum (D – 04) 202-225-6631
Representative Keith Ellison (D – 05) 202-225-4755
Representative Michele Bachmann (R – 06) 202-225-2331
Representative Collin Peterson (D – 07) 202-225-2165
Representative Jim Oberstar (D – 08) 202-225-6211
AARP urges Congress to act immediately and ensure America’s Seniors can continue seeing their doctors.
Without action, cuts to Medicare payments take effect shortly and threaten access to physicians. Read more:
AMA Backs ‘Doc Fix’ Bill, but Still Awaits Congress’ Long-Term Solution
The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced plans to back the $15 billion, 13-month extension of a bill that would protect physicians from a Medicare pay cut until 2012.
The `doc fix’ bill, as it is called, will block impending pay cuts, the first of which is just a few weeks away. This would be a 23% cut in pay-a short-term fix mandated by Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which links reimbursements rates to increases in GDP. The next pay cut would go into effect on January 1, bringing the total reduction in reimbursements to 25%. Read more:
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Nov. 24, Wednesday, 12:30 pm – Wednesday lunch meeting
Nov. 25, Happy Thanksgiving
Dec. 2, Thursday, 2 pm – Senior Caucus Board meeting at DFL Headquarters in St. Paul. All are welcome.
Dec. 6, Monday – Senior Caucus Membership Committee meets at 10 am. Input welcome.
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