AARP California Thanks Congress for Protecting People in Medicare

Dec 09, 2010, 18:11 ET from AARP

Year-long physician payment solution ensures continued access to doctors

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP California State Director Tom Porter released a statement following today's passage of the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 by the Senate and House of Representatives.  The bill stops a scheduled payment cut to doctors in Medicare, ensuring seniors can continue to see their physicians for the next year.  Porter's statement follows:

"AARP California thanks Congress for swiftly passing this important legislation that will ensure people in Medicare can see their doctors next year.  In recent weeks, our members, activists and others in California have contacted their members of Congress more than 4,000 times, urging them to pass this year-long solution.

"The bipartisan bill passed today is an important step to give seniors peace of mind about their health care, but the work is not over.  When the new Congress meets next year, lawmakers must find a long-term solution and end the annual patches that jeopardize access to doctors for the country's seniors.

"On behalf of the 4.5 million Californians in Medicare and the 115,000 clinicians caring for them, we urge the President to quickly sign this legislation.  And we look forward to working with California's members of Congress next year to find a long-term bipartisan solution to protect people in Medicare."

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