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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

otections 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://
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