Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) Thursday applauded passage of the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders of 2010, averting a 25 percent payment cut to physicians who treat seniors and military families which without this bill would have taken effect January 1. Passage today means physician fees in Medicare will remain at their current levels for all of 2011.
"This bill is a vital piece of legislation for America's seniors, people with disabilities, and military families," said Pallone. "We need to stop legislating these payments in month-long intervals in order to provide stability to the Medicare program."
In addition to extending payments to doctors, the legislation extends several important Medicare policies, including a process that allows Medicare beneficiaries to access medically needed therapy treatment.
Additional provisions in the legislation make it easier for disabled veterans to receive care and ease access for children's hospitals to get drug discounts.
"I wish the Senate could do what the House did last year, which is to enact a permanent solution to this problem. But until that happens, this one year approach is a major improvement over a series of very short-term bills," added Pallone.
This legislation is completely paid for over ten years and has already been approved by the Senate.