FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2010
AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, email@example.com
AARP: “While this latest patch offers some hope, it is far from the permanent solution older Americans deserve”
WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following tonight’s passage of a temporary six month patch that would reverse the drastic 21 percent cut to Medicare payments to doctors:
“The short-term band-aid passed tonight gives little reassurance to the 46 million Americans in Medicare who need reliable access to their doctors. The time for Congress to find a long-term physician payment solution is far past due. With the drastic 21 percent cut in effect for nearly a month, seniors in Medicare are already facing more difficulty finding a doctor. While this latest patch offers some hope, it is far from the permanent solution older Americans deserve.
“We urge members from both chambers and both sides of the aisle to come together now to solve this crisis and stop putting the health of older Americans in jeopardy.”
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