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10/15/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2021 13:52

ASA-Endorsed Congressional Letter Urges House Leadership to Prevent Medicare Payment Cuts

This week, a bipartisan group of over 245 members in the House of Representatives led by Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-7) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8) urged Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), and House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), to take immediate action to avoid the Medicare payment cuts scheduled to take effect at the start of 2022. ASA previously announced its support for the letter, which states that the planned 9 percent cuts on payments for anesthesiologists and other specialtieswill "strain our health care system and jeopardize patient access to medically necessary services." ASA-member grassroots activists generated over 1,300 messages to the Hill and played a key role in securing many of the Congressional signatories.

ASA teamed with a coalition of over 140 medical organizations at the national, state, and local levels in backing the Bera-Bucshon letter's efforts to push for immediate Congressional action that will prevent the impending payment cuts and preserve financial stability for medical practices across the country. The letter also calls on Congress to quickly begin work on long-term reforms for a fairer Medicare payment system.

ASA continues to strongly oppose any Medicare payment cuts.

Read the full Congressional Letter with a complete list of the 245+ signatories.