MEDICARE/TRICARE PATIENTS -HEADS UP ON “Doc” FIX NEEDED THIS WEEK!

This bulletin was cross-posted from HQAFSA.org, the official website for the Air Force Sergeants Association Headquarters. It has been posted here for your convenience. Visit HQAFSA.org for more updates!

Now that lawmakers are back in town, they must tend to legislation that ensures government payments to doctors who treat Medicare & TRICARE keep pace with inflation. The current “Doc Fix” expires at the end of the month so action is needed quickly to prevent a 24% cut in payments to these key groups of healthcare providers. Earlier this month, the House approved a bill that permanently repeals the perennial “fix” by replacing the current formula used to determine rates with a new one that better calculates costs to doctors. A separate, bipartisan effort, still awaits action in the Senate. With little time remaining, Congress may have little or no choice but to approve another temporary patch, in lieu of the permanent fix many (including AFSA) were hoping to see.

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