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AARP Applauds MedPAC Recommendation to Ensure Seniors’ Access to Doctors, Raises Concerns about Shifting Costs to Vulnerable Patients


March 15, 2011


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AARP Applauds MedPAC Recommendation to Ensure Seniors’ Access to Doctors, Raises Concerns about Shifting Costs to Vulnerable Patients

WASHINGTON—AARP Legislative Policy Director David Certner released a statement following today’s release of the annual Report to the Congress by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).  MedPAC is charged with providing independent recommendations for the Medicare program to Congress.  Certner’s statement follows:

“We strongly support MedPAC’s recommendation to help ensure doctors remain in the Medicare program.  Without action by Congress, physicians in the program face a nearly 30 percent payment cut later this year, putting access to doctors at risk for millions of people in Medicare.

“However, we remain concerned with the Commission’s recommendation to impose a copayment on home health care.  While some of MedPAC’s other proposals for home health care address the root cause of rising costs, adding a copayment would simply shift costs to vulnerable seniors who often don’t have the resources to compare alternative treatments.

“AARP will continue to analyze the full MedPAC report, and we look forward to working with members of Congress to ensure Medicare can provide the affordable health care our members and all older Americans need.”

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