Patients Action Network Urges Congressional Call-In Day on November 17

November 12, 2010 – The Patients’ Action Network (PAN), a project of the American Medical Association (AMA), is urging people to join a nationwide House Call on Congress on Wednesday, November 17.

Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 17, PAN is making available a special AMA toll-free grassroots hotline (888-434-6200) so that individuals can call their U.S. senators to express concern over issues related to Medicare. Of specific concern to PAN is what it terms a “crisis” that could impact health care, brought about by Congressional failure to “repeal the Medicare physician payment formula that will cause a drastic 23 percent payment cut to doctors who care for Medicare and TRICARE patients, leaving access to health care for seniors, disabled and military families hanging in the balance.”

Specifically, PAN wants people to tell their senators to:

  • Meet their self-imposed Dec. 1 deadline to address this crisis before it begins to disrupt access to care for you and your family.
  • Provide some stability for the Medicare program by stopping the cuts for at least 13 months, to allow time for fixing the Medicare mess once and for all.
  • Resolve this problem once and for all in the coming months. Baby boomers begin entering Medicare soon, and if this problem isn’t fixed, these new Medicare patients may not be able to find a doctor to treat them.
  • Tell Congress its inaction is coming between you and your doctor and putting your access to care at risk!


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