Navigation Links
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.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030514/AARPLOGO )

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 protections for lower income beneficiaries, improved Medicare's coverage of preventive services, and made Medicare more efficient through electronic prescribing.

"As soon as they return to Washington from the July 4 recess, we call on Senators Cornyn and Hutchison to make it their No. 1 priority to pass .H.R. 6331," said Texas Medical Association President Josie Williams, MD. "Our elderly patients, Texans with disabilities, and our practices just can't withstand this 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments. And our senators will soon have the opportunity to correct their big mistake."

Throughout the debate on Medicare legislation, AARP, AMA, and the Texas Medical Association have engaged their members in the fight to keep Medicare fair and protect access to doctors. Hundreds of thousands of AARP supporters, including more than 56,000 in Texas, called and emailed Congress, signed petitions, wrote letters to their local papers, and participated in Keep Medicare Fair events around the country over the last several weeks. In addition, more than 41,000 patients and physicians called Congress in June through the AMA grassroots hotline, and the AMA is airing new radio and television ads that urge opponents of H.R. 6331 to put patients' access to care before insurance profits by voting for the bill as soon as they return to Washington from their holiday recess.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50 + educators; and our website, http://www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 43,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. Organized in 1853, TMA's key objective is to improve the health of all Texans.


'/>"/>
SOURCE AARP Texas
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NFIB Joins AARP, Business Roundtable and SEIU in Divided We Fail
2. Ambulatory Services of America, Inc. Announces Joint Venture to Operate Radiation Oncology Facility in Dallas, Texas
3. Proposed Congressional Legislation Would Cut $358 Million From the Medicare Advantage Program in Texas
4. Bayer USA Foundation Supports Summer Science Education Programs in Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Houston and Tyler, Texas
5. Texas Oncology Urges Texans to ‘Save Your Skin:' Outsmart the Sun and Prevent Skin Cancer
6. IPC The Hospitalist Company Acquires Texas Inpatient Services
7. Texas Oncology Urges Texans to Save Your Skin
8. Camp Bow Wow(R) Launches Fundraising Effort to Help Cure Cancer in Dogs, via Morris Animal Foundations Canine Cancer Campaign - Dogs Get Bandanas; Camp Bow Wow Locations in Texas Participating
9. UT Southwestern surgeons complete first single-incision lap-band surgery in Texas
10. Texas Eldercare Poll: 57 Percent Less Likely to Back Local Legislator if They Oppose Medicaid Rate Boost
11. Texas Moves Foster Children Into Managed Care Plan
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/22/2017)... Chesapeake, VA (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 ... ... offering asset protection assistance and financial consultations to families and business owners in ... raise support for the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. , ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The ... related services to communities across eastern Texas, is announcing a charity drive in ... to hungry children and adults. , Consistently a top-rated nonprofit organization for ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... , ... Schneider Insurance and Financial, a southern Montana firm providing asset protection ... is launching a charity event aimed at raising local support for Zoo Montana. , ... and is home to a broad variety of animals from all over the world. ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... Chris Humphrey Insurance Agency, a North Carolina ... throughout the coastal plains region, is initiating a charity event to raise support for ... first diagnosed with leukemia on a Friday evening in September 2014. At the time, ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... College basketball surges to its peak during ... recruiting – that is, recruiting people to be foster parents. Through a televised spot, ... are in foster care due to abuse, neglect and other family challenges. People who ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ... 2021, a latest research report. The global vagus nerve ... shift of surgeons focus toward minimally invasive VNS procedures. ... limited to few developed countries having high standards of ... ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , 22 de marzo de 2017   ... líder de soluciones de productos y servicios para ... que ha adquirido EPL Archives, Inc., una organización ... clientes en todo el ciclo de vida de ... una muestra de archivo, almacenamiento de documentos y ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , Mar. 22, 2017 Research and ... Devices Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" ... ... grow at a CAGR of around 10.9% over the next decade ... industry report analyzes the market estimates and forecasts for all the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: