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Fair Prices for Prescriptions = Fair Pay for Physicians!

Year after year congress has passed a short-term physician payment package instead of permanently fixing the unfair payment formula for doctors who treat Medicare patients.

This year could be different

Today, in Congress, there’s a real solution for this ongoing problem.  Senator Rockefeller’s Medicare Drug Savings Act of 2013, which will allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices for low-income beneficiaries, will save Medicare $140 billion over 10 years – almost the exact amount needed to permanently fix the physician payment formula and fairly pay doctors who treat Medicare patients.

Join us. Tell Congress you support finally fixing the formula by which Medicare pays physicians (it’s called “SGR”), but that the cost of doing so cannot be shouldered by older and disabled people.

In particular, Congress should not:

  • Cap coverage for necessary care,
  • Increase premiums, copays, and other costs for Medicare beneficiaries,
  • Allow help for low-income people on Medicare to expire.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect.  Senator Rockefeller’s Medicare Drug Savings Act is the solution.  Congress can permanently fix the physician formula and pay for it by allowing Medicare to obtain the best possible price on prescription drugs for low-income individuals.

It’s a Win-Win Situation

Write your Senators and Representatives today:

  • Remind them of your support for Senator Rockefeller’s bill, and
  • Tell them to use the prescription drug savings to fairly pay physicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries!

November 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment


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