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:
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.
YOUR NAME HERE