Congress Fails to Address Medicare Cuts

December 2 2021 – Physicians and other health care providers have taken care of millions of Medicare patients since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to provide world-class patient care.  The continuing resolution language released today fails our nation’s healthcare heroes by allowing a massive Medicare cut to go into effect.  Many in Congress are blaming the other side of the aisle. Our organizations urge Members of Congress to put partisanship aside and work to protect patient access to care.  Failure to prevent these cuts will strain our health care system and jeopardize patient access to medically necessary services.

In October, a bipartisan group of 247 lawmakers urged congressional leadership to stop the Medicare cuts before the end of the year.  Earlier this week, 271 national and state organizations sent a letter urging congressional leadership to address this important issue before January 1st. The 247 lawmakers and the 271 organizations are working to protect patient access to essential medical care. The continuing resolution language released today ignores this critical need.

Our organizations continue to urge Congress to stop the Medicare cuts from going into effect before the end of the year.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American College of Emergency Physicians

American College of Radiology

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

College of American Pathologists

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

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