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House Passes Legislation To Help Stop a 25% Cut In Medicare Payments to Doctors

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act.

“Earlier today, I joined with my colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 4994 Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act. This bipartisan legislation will block a 25 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors scheduled in 2011. The bill will now move forward to President Obama’s desk for his signature,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

The Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act will provide the certainty doctors require and the stability patients deserve. Soon, seniors and military families across the country can now have the peace of mind of knowing they can continue to get the best care possible.
Rep. Clarke added, “In addition to extending Medicare and Medicaid payments, this legislation will also extend other important health provisions, including Transitional Medical Assistance and the Qualifying Individual (QI) program. It is also important to stress that this bill is fully paid for. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill will reduce the deficit by $2.8 billion over 10 years.”

“With its bipartisan support and approval from doctors and patients, the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act will continue to protect the health of Americans who need it while respecting the use of taxpayers’ dollars,” Congresswoman Clarke concluded.

The Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act is supported by several organizations, including the AARP and the American Medical Association.

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