AARP Idaho, State Director, Jim Wordelman released a statement this week applauding the Senate for passing legislation to stop a 25 percent cut in doctor’s reimbursements, and thus preserve access to medical treatment for people who rely on Medicare.
“We thank the US Senate for working together on a bipartisan basis to stop a drastic pay cut to physicians treating people in Medicare. By stopping the cut for a year, the Senate has given seniors peace of mind that they can continue to see the doctor they trust.
“We now call on the US House to act swiftly and pass this legislation. Without action in the House, doctors in Medicare will face a 25 percent pay cut on January 1, which could drive more doctors out of Medicare.
“On behalf of the nearly 230,000 Idahoans in Medicare and the 5,803 clinicians caring for them, we thank the US Senate for protecting seniors’ access to their doctors and urge the U.S. House to do the same.
“Over the past three weeks, AARP activists in Idaho have called and emailed their Members of Congress to express the importance of a stable physician payment system. But our work is far from over.
“We renew our call on Congress to make replacing this unstable payment system an urgent priority next year so we can ensure greater stability for the doctor-patient relationship in Medicare.”
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For more info, contact David Irwin of AARP Idaho, +1-208-855-4004, cell: +1-208-850-4502 or visit www.aarp.org/id on the web.
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