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Stabenow Fights to Strengthen and Protect Medicare, TRICARE for Michigan Seniors, Military Families

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Stabenow Fights to Strengthen and Protect Medicare, TRICARE for Michigan Seniors, Military Families

Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) made the following statement regarding her effort to ensure seniors, persons with disabilities and members of the Uniformed Services and their families continue to have access to their doctors and other health professionals. The Medicare Physician Fairness Act (S. 1776) would have protected Medicare for the future by permanently repealing a flawed payment system so that doctors will continue serving Medicare seniors and TRICARE recipients.

"Strengthening and protecting Medicare and TRICARE is critical to ensure Michigan seniors, military families, and persons with disabilities have access to their doctors. That's why I led the effort in the Senate to permanently fix this payment system, so doctors wouldn't be forced to close their doors to patients who trust and need them.

"I am disappointed that we did not have the votes to proceed to this critical bill, but I will continue my effort to work with the White House and leadership to strengthen Medicare and shift the focus to paying for quality of care rather than quantity of treatments."

-U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

The motion to proceed failed by a vote of 47 to 53. Senator Stabenow has been a long-time advocate for Medicare and TRICARE patients and the doctors who take care of them. Stabenow's legislation would have repealed the flawed payment formula for physicians. The formula is complicated and does not reflect the reality of treatment costs. In fact, the formula has led to scheduled physician payment cuts for eight years in a row. Since the first cut in 2002, Congress used a band-aid approach that temporarily delays the cuts and pushes them off to the future.


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