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At the tele-town hall meeting, the President will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives of the following organizations that have worked to organize local meetings across the country:
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
American Federation of Teachers Program on Retirement and Retirees
American Postal Workers Union Retirees Department
Bnai Brith International
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
Communications Workers of American Retiree Division
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades IUPAT
Medicare Rights Center
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association of State Units on Aging
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
National Association of State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Council on Aging
NCCNHR The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
OWL- The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
Congress Misses Medicare Payment Cut Deadline
abc ^ | June 1, 2010 | DAN CHILDS
Posted on June 2, 2010 9:52:56 AM PDT by george76
Doctors May Soon Be Forced to Accept Lower Reimbursements for Treating Medicare Patients.
A missed deadline by Congress may mean many of the country’s 44 million Medicare patients will have a harder time finding a doctor — piquing the frustration of many physicians who already care for these patients.
On Friday, the Senate adjourned for its traditional Memorial Day break without eliminating a physician payment cut for treatments to Medicare patients that took effect today, which means that the country’s doctors may soon be paid 21.3 percent less to treat Medicare patients.
In a statement issued Friday, Dr. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association, expressed outrage.
“The Senate has turned its back on seniors,” Rohack said in the statement. “Senators are more interested in heading home for the holiday than in preventing a Medicare meltdown for seniors... Already, about one in four Medicare patients looking for a new primary care physician have trouble finding one, and Congressional inaction will make it much worse.”
Some doctors anticipate that this threat will force them to change the way they conduct their practices — and for some, the changes have already begun.
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