Rep. Kind Statement on Bipartisan Vote to Pass
Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act'
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today made the following statement after the House overwhelmingly approved (355-59) the Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act (HR 6331), a bill that will prevent a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians, scheduled for July 1, 2008:
"This devastating cut to physicians would put the care of millions of Medicare beneficiaries at risk and jeopardize seniors' ability to see the doctor that they trust. I was pleased to support this bipartisan bill that not only staves off this cut, but also expands preventive and mental health benefits, improves programs for low-income beneficiaries, and ensures access to healthcare for seniors living in rural areas.
"Protecting Medicare for seniors in Wisconsin and across the country is now in the hands of the Senate, and I encourage them to pass this important bill for our seniors."
Rep. Kind is a member of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare.