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AARP, Texas Medical Association Join Forces to Urge Passage of Bill Protecting Access to Doctors and Improving Medicare
Date:7/3/2008

Groups representing doctors and beneficiaries criticize Senators Hutchison and Cornyn for blocking bill to protect access to doctors and improve Medicare

AUSTIN, Texas, July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP Texas joined forces today with the Texas Medical Association to urge Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn to reconsider and support a bipartisan bill that would stop a 10.6 percent cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients, keep Medicare premiums fair, and make significant improvements to a program that 44 million Americans depend on.

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Last week, Senators Hutchison and Cornyn joined a minority of Senators in voting to block legislation that would have helped people on Medicare maintain access to their doctors, keep premiums fair and improve benefits for the most vulnerable while boosting health care quality through national e-prescribing. The Senate vote on the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (H.R. 6331), which passed by a bipartisan landslide in the House of Representatives, was scheduled for June 26 so it would become law before the cuts to doctor payments were to go into effect on July 1.

The Senate is currently scheduled to reconsider H.R. 6331 immediately following the July 4th recess.

"It is deeply troubling that Senators Hutchison and Cornyn voted to block a bill with bipartisan support that would have preserved patients' access to their doctors and improved Medicare for the 2.7 million Texans who depend on it," said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas state director. "For the sake of older Texans, people with disabilities and military families, we urge both senators to vote for this bill."

In addition to preventing a 10 percent cut to payments to doctors, the Medicare bill would have: helped keep premiums fair, strengthened pr
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