Press Release             

Contact: Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

June 16, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Cuts to Medicare Physician Payments

New York, NY—Senators who voted against the Tax Extenders Bill (H.R. 4213) put political posturing over the health of people with Medicare and the well-being of all Americans. The Senate must resurrect this legislation and pass it.

Increasingly, people with Medicare are being told by doctors that they will no longer be able to see Medicare patients due to the 21 percent cut in Medicare physician payments. A vote against preservation of sufficient Medicare payment rates is a vote against people with Medicare.

Moreover, the extension of the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) helps states that are struggling under budget constraints, and will potentially help state governments avoid steep cuts to other programs beyond Medicaid. FMAP extension also assures that low-income individuals, including the dual-eligible population who have both Medicare and Medicaid, are able to access medically necessary services under Medicaid.

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