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After AARP members dispatched more than 100,000 letters and e-mails to their Washington representatives, Congress approved, in December, a one-year freeze on Medicare physician payments, thus avoiding a 25 percent rate reduction scheduled for Jan. 1. The prospect of the large rate cut had again raised the possibility that more doctors would turn away a number of Medicare's 46 million patients. And that made many older patients nervous. … Back to Article

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