Wednesday, May 28, 2008

AARP unleashes Medicare lobbying push

Saying it was “gravely disappointed” with the broad outlines of the Medicare bill offered by Sen. Max Baucus, America’s largest senior lobby is unleashing an aggressive nationwide lobbying campaign to persuade senators to change course. “AARP is optimistic that the bill being crafted over the Memorial Day recess will include protections to people in Medicare,” said the organization’s spokesman, Drew Nannis.

Congress is working to prevent a 10.6 percent cut that doctors are facing in Medicare reimbursement rates this summer. In the past, Congress has helped finance the increased payments to doctors by raising Medicare patients’ premiums.

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