U.S. Representatives John Dingell (D-Mich.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to extend the current physician Medicare reimbursement rates for 13 months and provide a 1% update for both this year and next year.
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In June, President Barack Obama signed a bill that delayed Medicare reimbursement cuts for six months. Without any action from Congress, physicians face a 23% cut to Medicare payments on Dec. 1 and an additional 1.9% cut beginning in January.
"Congress must act swiftly to ensure that seniors have access to the same doctors that they do today and that doctors are fairly reimbursed for the services they provide," Dingell, who serves as chairman emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a news release about the bill. "I have long supported a permanent fix to the flawed sustainable growth rate, like the one the House of Representatives passed last year," he added. "This 13-month extension is far from ideal, but it will give our seniors and physicians the peace of mind they need while Congress works on a permanent solution to this long-standing problem."
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