The US Senate will again consider legislation to stop the Medicare physician payment cuts that went into place on July 1. A June 26 cloture vote fell one vote shy of the minimum needed to prevent the 10.6-percent cut. After hearing from an unprecedented number of physicians and patients, several senators are rumored to be reconsidering their vote.
The US House has already taken action to stop the payment cuts and replace them with a positive update. In bipartisan vote, the House passed HR 6331 by a vote of 355–59 on June 24.
Because the Senate did not act in time, the scheduled cuts went into effect on July 1. It will be imperative that senators who voted against cloture on HR 6331 hear from constituents about the importance of putting patients and physicians ahead of politics. It is time for the Senate to follow the House's lead and pass this crucial legislation.
Please call the Capitol Grassroots Hotline at (800) 833-6354 to be connected to your Senate offices. Ask them to vote YES on HR 6331 and tell them that physicians need Medicare payments that reflect practice costs to preserve access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.