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Indiana State Medical Association and AARP Urge Reconsideration of Bill to Protect Seniors' Access to Doctors and Improve Medicare
Date:7/2/2008

ving care for our nation's seniors, disabled individuals and military families hanging in the balance," Dr. Marhenke said. "We call on the senator to reconsider his vote and return to Washington to do what's right - vote to ensure patient access to care and give health care security to America's elderly."

In addition to preventing a 10.6 percent cut in 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

-- Made Medicare more efficient through electronic prescribing.

The Senate is currently scheduled to reconsider H.R. 6331 immediately following the July 4th recess. "We're urging seniors and their physicians to contact Sen. Lugar on this important issue that will have a huge impact on Medicare patients' access to doctors in the future," said Dr. Marhenke.

Throughout the debate on this Medicare legislation, AARP, the American Medical Association and the ISMA have engaged their members in a fight to keep Medicare fair and protect access to doctors. Hundreds of thousands of AARP supporters, including 19,000 Hoosiers, called and e-mailed Congress, signed petitions, wrote letters to their local papers and participated in "Keep Medicare Fair" events around the country in the last several weeks.

More than 41,000 patients and physicians called Congress in June, using a hotline provide by the AMA. During the July 4th recess, 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 next week.

Representing approximately 8,400 of the state's physicians, the ISMA has worked for 158 years to promote sound health care policy in the public, private and governmental sectors and to support continuing medical education for the state's doctors. '/>"/>

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