Senate Approves Medicare/TRICARE Doctor Payment Cut Delay

Legislation (H.J. Res. 45) that increases the Federal debt limit was amended in the Senate this week to authorize a five-year delay the Medicare/TRICARE doctor reimbursement rate cuts for 5 years that are scheduled to take effect February 28, 2010.  The Senate approved the legislation which now returns to the House for approval. Due to the pending rate cut many doctors are expected to stop seeing Medicare and TRICARE patients, joining others who already choose not to participate in the Medicare and TRICARE programs. Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to contact their U.S. Representative immediately to ask for their support for H.J. Res. 45 as amended in the Senate.