AARP Idaho Thanks U.S. House for Protecting People in Medicare

Dec 09, 2010, 15:50 ET from AARP Idaho

Year-long physician payment solution ensures continued access to doctors

BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP Idaho State Director, Jim Wordelman released a statement following today's passage of the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 by the 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.  Wordelman's statement follows:

"AARP Idaho thanks the U.S. House 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 Idaho have contacted their members of Congress urging them to pass this year-long solution.

"We commend Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Representatives Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson for supporting this bill and preserving access to doctors for Idahoans in Medicare.

"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 nearly 230,000 Idahoans in Medicare and the 5,803 clinicians caring for them, we urge the President to quickly sign this legislation.  And we look forward to working with Idaho's members of Congress next year to find a long-term bipartisan solution to protect people in Medicare."

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