FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2011
AARP Calls on Congress to Keep Doctors in the Medicare Program
Urges Congress to act by year end to prevent a large Medicare physician pay cut
WASHINGTON – AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers released the following statement following the House of Representatives’ vote on the Medicare physician reimbursement package passed by the Senate:
“Today’s vote calls into question whether millions of seniors in Medicare will continue to be able to get the care that they need. Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, physicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries will face a nearly 30 percent reduction in their Medicare reimbursements. And more physicians may choose to no longer take Medicare patients due to this dramatic cut to their payments.
“Our members have a clear message for Congress: don’t cut our doctors' Medicare payments. For too many years, Congress has furthered the anxiety of people in Medicare with an annual ritual of gamesmanship with Medicare physician reimbursement rates. We once again must urge Congress to act to keep doctors in the Medicare program and give seniors the peace of mind they deserve.”
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