tci Part B Insider - 2005 Issue 17

PHYSICIAN PAYMENTS: Fixing 4.3 Percent Cut Shouldn't Raise Premiums, AARP Argues

Beneficiary pressure may doom physician rescueIf you're waiting for Congress to step in and save you from the 4.3 percent pay cut that awaits you in 2006, be aware that beneficiaries are putting pressure on too.American Association of Retired Persons CEO William Novelli wrote to Senate Budget Committee Chair Judd Gregg (R-NH) to warn him against raising beneficiaries' premiums any further. The April 19 letter notes that "Medicare providers should be paid fairly, but each time reimbursement is increased, beneficiaries shoulder 25 percent of the cost through their monthly premiums."If the budget ends up giving more...

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