Healthcare Reform – Letter to the House

CMA has put together the following sample letter to the House for the current Healthcare reform issues that is going to be in effect on March 1, 2010:

Dear Representative:

As a physician and member of the California Medical Association, I am a strong, longtime supporter of health care reform that provides universal access to care for the millions of uninsured and underinsured Californians.

As you know, a critical component of these efforts is a strong Medicare program that ensures seniors have access to doctors. Unfortunately, many communities in California are already reporting that physicians are not accepting new Medicare patients. California is also facing a 37% increase in the number of Californians aged 65 or older in the next few years. At a time we are on the cusp of the baby boomers aging into Medicare, it is more important than ever that we ensure a strong network of Medicare providers to see our nation’s seniors.

In order to protect Medicare and our seniors’ ability to see their doctors, we must do two important things:

1) Repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula that would cut my colleagues and I by 40% in the coming years, and

2) Maintain congressional authority over Medicare, not transfer it to an unelected, unaccountable panel with the power to reduce treatment options.

I know you have played an important role in ensuring that these two provisions made it into the House legislation. I am writing to thank you for those efforts, and to encourage you to fight to ensure that these critical provisions are in the final health reform legislation.



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