Ethical Health Partnerships

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  Medicare Cuts & Private Insurance


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   NATIONAL LEGISLATION
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 Write Your Congressional Representatives

Write House Sub-Committee on Health and Your Representatives

to
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SUPPORT --
House Bill
4078
House Bills may need to be found by entering number here

Medicare Cuts

Sponsored by Rep. Norwood of Georgia (19 co-sponsors), this bill prevents cuts in Medicare reimbursement and proposes replacing the flawed SGR formula with the MEI (Medicare Economic Index) which is more predictable and recognizes inflation & practice costs. (Filed 10-05)This affects ALL patients access to care no matter what your age.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2927
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 Proposed Medicare Cuts to Physicians

Write Your Congressional Representatives

Write Senate Finance Committee Chair & Co-chair and Your Representatives

to
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SUPPORT --
Senate Bills
1574 and 1081

Committee On Finance
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6200
Majority Phone: (202) 224-4515
Minority Phone: (202) 224-5315

 

 

This affects ALL patients access to care no matter what your age.

 

Sponsored by Sen. Kyl, this bill (1574) would override the planned cuts for 2006-2007 until a a more lasting change can occur. It would provide for a 2.6% increase in payment for physician services.
Bill 1081 provides a similar provision.

 To read a summary of the bill:
(No Summary S 1574)
CRS Summary of S 1081

ARTICLES:
Proposed Medicare Cuts

Our Testimony to the House Ways & Means Committee

WRITE THESE 2 AT LEAST!
Chairman:
Chuck Grassley, - (R - IA) Class III
135 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3744
E-Mail

Co-Chair:
Sen. Max Baucus, - (D - MT) Class II
511 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2651
E-Mail

 Write House Sub-committee on Health
Support
House Bill
2356

Proposed Medicare Cuts to Physicians
This bill matches Senate Bill 1574.


For a summary of the bill:

CRS Summary of S2356

 Write Senate Committee on Health Education & Labor
AND
Your Senators & Representatives

Support
Malpractice Alternatives to Current System
Support
Senate Bill
1337

ANY attempt at malpractice reform fights stiff opposition from the Trial Lawyers lobby.

Sponsored by Sen. Michael Enzi to "restore fairness and reliability to the medical justice system and promote patient safety by fostering alternatives to current medical tort litigation, and for other purposes. "

Health Education & Labor
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300
(202) 224-5375 - voice
(202) 224-1975 - TDDMajority Staff #: (202) 224-6770
Minority Staff #: (202) 224-0767

Chair:
Michael Enzi, - (R - WY) Class II
379A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

Edward- Kennedy, (D - MA) Class I
317 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

Patient Injury: An Ethical Health Partnership Approach

Malpractice Articles

Write Senate Committee on the Judiciary
AND
Your Senators & Representatives

Support
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act
House Bill
H.R. 420
House Bills may need to be found by entering number here
This bill seeks to reduce frivolous lawsuits (not only for malpractice), to prevent shopping for favorable judges, and discipline for attorneys who commit more than 3 violations.

This Bill passed in the House and has been referred to the Senate 10/31/2005 Status:

Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

   FLORIDA LEGISLATION

 about
Apology by Doctor's & Other Providers Protected
 I am proposing this legislation to allow physicians and others to apologize in adverse events without having to worry it will be used against them in a malpractice trial. We have a minimal law that essentially provides no protection. This will be more specific and include admission of responsibility in the protection.  Once legislative sponsorship of the Bill is obtained, I will let you know how to encourage support.

   ONGOING ACTIONS NEEDED

Write Your Congressional Representatives in Washington

about
Proposed Medicare Cuts to Physicians

This affects ALL patients access to care.

Medicare cuts in reimbursement will affect every adult patient and physician who treats them.

Help us and 300 members of Congress to stop the cuts.

Proposed Medicare Cuts

Our Testimony to the House Ways & Means Committee

Flyer you can download and duplicate for patients, friends, colleagues (Senators & Representatives for Central Florida area contact info included.) Blank contact area version here.

Write Your Congressional Representatives in Washington about
Medical Liability Reform
   Malpractice

 WriteYour Insurance Company

about
Reimbursement & Contract Issues

(More points for letters HERE)

It impacts your care!
 The way your insurance company treats your physician(s) -- it also affects YOU.   Reimbursement for Physicians
(Index of Articles)

 Write Your Insurance Company

about
Your Health Insurance Premiums
 The way your insurance company treats YOU re: premiums.  

 SUCCESSES
 Florida:
MDefeated bills that would have doubled malpractice insurance coverage for all physicians and eliminated physicians ability to go bare.
   March 2005
     




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