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AAFP Statement: 30-day Extension Will Not Resolve Medicare Physician Payment Issue

Jul 7, 2008 - The American Academy of Family Physicians does not support a 30-day stop-gap measure that would freeze Medicare physician payment at the level paid before July 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/kits/medicare-physicianpayment-cut.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Applauds Confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary

Apr 28, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians congratulates Kathleen Sebelius on her confirmation as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/sebelius-hhssecretary.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Applauds President Obama’s Commitment to Health Reforms that ...

Feb 12, 2013 - The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the continued focus President Obama put on the health and safety of all Americans in tonight’s State of the Union address.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/sotu-health-reforms.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Applauds Proposed Changes to Medicare Payment Policies

Jul 5, 2009 - The release of policies and payment rates for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule demonstrates that President Obama understands the importance of building a health care system on primary care that will meet patients’ needs and provide high quality, efficient care for everyone

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/medicarephysicianfeeschedule.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Calls on 112th Congress to Preserve Patient Access and Quality of ...

Jan 17, 2011 - A repeal of all provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will return our health care system to its previous trends of unsustainable, increasing costs and ever-growing numbers of under- and uninsured Americans. It will have negative consequences on Americans’ access ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/affordablecareact.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Calls on Congress to Act Now on Medicare Physician Payment

Jan 29, 2010 - For nine years, Congress has recognized that the Medicare physician payment system is seriously flawed. For nine years, they have failed to fix it.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/medicare-physicianpayment.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Commends CMS for Improving Medicare ACO Final Rule, Announcing the...

Oct 21, 2011 - The Medicare Accountable Care Organization final rule recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services represents a substantial step toward mending America’s broken health care system. The final rule sets the stage for transforming the way patients receive care and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/aco-final-rule.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Commends Congress for Continued Support of Health Professions Grants

Dec 19, 2011 - At a time of federal budgetary restraint, the American Academy of Family Physicians appreciates Congress’ vote to continue support for the health professions grants that are vital to building the nation’s primary care physician workforce. By maintaining funding for Section 747 of Title ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/title-vii.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Commends Senate for Passage of Health Care Reform Bill

Dec 24, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed the Senate. This legislation sets the framework for comprehensive health care reform and begins to strengthen primary medical care, the foundation of the U.S. health care ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/senate-passage-of-health-care-reform-bill.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Commends U.S. House Committees on Outline for Health Care Reform

Jun 12, 2009 - Health system reform must provide universal access, ensure an adequate number of primary care physicians and control costs if it is to be both meaningful and sustainable. The AAFP commends the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor committees for proposing ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/aafp-commends-house-committees-outline.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Commends U.S. House for Swift Action on SGR Reform, Calls on U.S. ...

Dec 12, 2013 - The American Academy of Family Physicians commends the U.S. House of Representatives for taking action to maintain health security for elderly and disabled patients by passing the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which accompanied the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/sgr-reform.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Disappointed CMS Must Implement Physician Payment Rule That ...

Nov 27, 2013 - AAFP Disappointed CMS Must Implement Physician Payment Rule That Perpetuates Flawed SGR, Threatens Double-Digit Cuts

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/release-statement6.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Joins Cover the Uninsured Week Partners to Urge Policy-Makers to ...

Mar 13, 2009 - One of the least visible but most concerning effects of an economic downturn is the loss of access to health care. With a record number of unemployed Americans, we can expect to see the number of uninsured Americans increase dramatically. In January, the Kaiser Family Foundation report,...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/cover-the-uninsured-week-2009.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Lauds Donald Berwick Nomination as CMS Administrator

Apr 23, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the nomination of Donald Berwick, M.D., to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/donaldberwick-nomination-cmsadministrator.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Makes Strong Request for RUC Changes, Creates Task Force to ...

Jun 10, 2011 - Today, the American Academy of Family Physicians took bold action toward more accurate and equitable payment for our members and their patients. We called on the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee - commonly referred to as ‘the RUC’ - to make specific changes in...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/ruc.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Opposes Effort to Postpone Physician Payment Rule

Dec 11, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians strongly opposes the Senate amendment introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. This amendment would postpone implementation of the CMS 2010 fee schedule that would begin to pay appropriately for the medical services provided to patients, end ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/physicianpaymentrule.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Opposes U.S. Department of Justice’s Appeal of Emergency ...

May 6, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Justice’s May 1 decision to appeal a recent U.S. District Court’s ruling to lift the age restriction on over-the-counter access to Plan B One-Step emergency contraception presents an unnecessary barrier between females at risk of an unintended pregnancy and a safe...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/contraception-planb.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Outlines Position on Senate Health Reform Bill

Dec 2, 2009 - On behalf of the 94,600 members of the American Academy of Family Physicians, thank you for your long-term commitment to health reform in the United States, and for introducing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This is a major piece of legislation that is the result of a ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/reid-letter.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Proposes New Primary Care-Specific Evaluation and Management Codes...

Apr 5, 2013 - On March 27, the American Academy of Family Physicians issued a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calling for the development of a new set of evaluation and management codes specifically for primary care physicians that would result in increased payment for the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/primary-care-management-codes.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Supports Delay in Implementing ICD-10

Aug 24, 2012 - The AAFP is pleased with the recent HHS announcement to delay the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision Clinical Modification (ICD-10) by one year. Implementation is now scheduled for October 1, 2014. An additional year will help enable family ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/international-classification-of-diseases-10threvision-clinical-modification.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Supports Draft Legislation to Repeal SGR and Reform Medicare ...

Jul 19, 2013 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee’s bipartisan draft legislation to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula, stabilize physician payment for five years, and set our health care system on the path to coordinated...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/release-statement2.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Urges Congress to Work for a Permanent SolutionTo Medicare ...

Jan 2, 2013 - Today’s temporary patch to the Medicare physician payment is a reprieve for elderly and disabled patients whose health care security is jeopardized by continual threats to Medicare physician payment. This is a welcome relief, but it is not the solution. The current system, with its ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/medicare-physician-payment-sequestration-cuts.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Marilyn Tavenner Nomination as CMS Administrator

Dec 2, 2011 - During this time of change, America’s health care system needs a steady, respected and pragmatic leader at the helm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination as CMS director fits the bill. Tavenner brings experience in both the private and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/marilyn-tavenner-cms-administrator.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Medicaid Payment Parity with Medicare, Expresses Concern ...

Nov 1, 2012 - The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes efforts to ensure that low-income working families have access to needed care, and today’s final rule bringing Medicaid payments up to par with Medicare for primary care and some preventive health services is a step in the right ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/medicaid-payment-parity.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2011

May 9, 2012 - After more than a decade of struggling to stabilize Medicare physician payment with a formula that ultimately threatens patients’ access to care, the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2011 promises a meaningful solution. We congratulate Reps. Allyson Schwartz and Joe Heck for...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/medicare-physician-payment-innovation-act.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Proposal to Repeal SGR, Encourage New Payment Models

Oct 31, 2013 - The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the bicameral, bipartisan proposal to repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate formula on which Medicare physician payment is based and to set the path for rewarding high-quality, patient-centered care.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/sgr-repeal-proposal.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling on ACA

Jun 28, 2012 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is eager to move forward with needed health system reforms now that the Supreme Court has ruled. As a result, more Americans will have access to meaningful insurance coverage and to the primary care physicians who are key to high quality, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/scotus-aca.html

AAFP Statement: AAFP Will Listen for Continued Commitment To Patients’ Access to High ...

Feb 6, 2013 - As President Obama delivers his State of the Union address next week, the American Academy of Family Physicians will be listening for continued commitment to ensuring Americans’ access to care both today and in the future.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/sotu-aafp-expectations.html

AAFP Statement: Affordable Health Choices Act Marks the Beginning of Action

Jun 12, 2009 - Americans have talked about, criticized, pondered and worried about health care for more than two decades. Policy makers, economists, lawmakers and patient advocates have called for health care reform for more than 15 years. The introduction of the Affordable Health Choices Act marks ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/affordable-health-choices-act.html

AAFP Statement: Affordable Health Choices Act Promises Meaningful, Sustainable Reform

Jul 16, 2009 - America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives marks an important step forward in establishing comprehensive, meaningful and sustainable health care reform.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/americasaffordablehealthchoicesactof2009.html

AAFP Statement: Agreement on Short-term SGR Patch Fails to Ensure Access to Care or ...

Feb 16, 2012 - American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association Our organizations, representing more than 500,000 physicians and medical student members, are deeply disappointed by the agreement in Congress to enact another short-term patch that neither ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/sgr-patch-fails.html

AAFP Statement: America Deserves a National Effort to Assure Health Care for All

Sep 30, 2002 - WASHINGTON  The Census Bureau’s announcement that the number of uninsured Americans has risen from 39 million a year ago to 41.2 million today comes as no surprise. However, it should be a siren wail for action. The U.S. health care system is increasingly dysfunctional and unresponsive...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/previous/healthcare-for-all-sept-30-2002.html

AAFP Statement: America’s Health Future Act Holds Promise

Oct 13, 2009 - Meaningful health system reform must ensure health insurance to patients, a physician workforce that provides high quality, efficient care, and a financial structure that can be sustained.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/americashealthfutureact.html

AAFP Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians Lauds House Passage of SCHIP ...

Jan 15, 2009 - Family physicians across the United States applaud the House action on HR 2, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, known as CHIPRA. This legislation meets several goals supported by the AAFP: stable access to health care for all children who are eligible ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/house-passage-of-schip.html

AAFP Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians Responds to President Obama’s ...

Jun 15, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians commends President Obama for calling out the importance of primary care in his speech to the AMA today as the cornerstone for establishing a high-quality, affordable and efficient health care system that ensures health care for all and the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/obama-speech-americanmedicalassociation.html

AAFP Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians Supports Choice of Public and ...

Jun 12, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians supports including a public health plan option in health reform legislation. AAFP has consistently called for health system reform that ensures health care coverage for all and, to the extent that a public plan would ensure that - and adhere to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/public-and-private-health-plans.html

AAFP Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians Supports Federal Legislation on ...

May 13, 2004 - The American Academy of Family Physicians supports The Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act because it would establish a federal standard for medical liability trials. The AAFP appreciates the continued priority that House leaders have placed on passage ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/previous/medicalliabilityinsurance.html

AAFP Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians Welcomes Tavenner Nomination as ...

Feb 8, 2013 - President Obama has made an excellent choice in re-nominating Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/cms-tavenner.html

AAFP Statement: Announcement of Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Regions An ...

Apr 12, 2012 - The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the announcement that CMS has chosen seven markets - the states of Arkansas; Colorado; New Jersey; and Oregon; the Capital District-Hudson Valley region of New York; the Cincinnati-Dayton region of Ohio; and the greater Tulsa region of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/comprehensive-primary-care-initiative-regions.html

AAFP Statement: BIPARTISAN GANG OF 6 CALLS FOR REPEAL OF THE SGR

Jul 19, 2011 - (Washington, DC) - The undersigned organizations, representing over 700,000 physicians, commend the Senate Bipartisan Gang of 6 for recognizing that reform of the Medicare physician payment formula - specifically a full repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula - must be included in...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/physicianpayment-sgr.html

AAFP Statement: Bringing Medicaid Payments to Medicare Levels For Primary Care ...

May 9, 2012 - Access to primary medical care services could become easier for Medicaid beneficiaries, thanks to a new proposed regulation that equalizes Medicaid and Medicare payments for primary care physicians for 2013 and 2014. The regulation released today implements Sec. 1202 of the Affordable ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/bringing-medicaid-payments-to-medicare-levels.html

AAFP Statement: Budget Preserves Health System, Medicare Payment Reforms but Threatens ...

Apr 10, 2013 - President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget sustains health system reforms that promise to improve Americans’ health, the quality of care and address the cost of health services, but it does so by risking the future health care workforce.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/budget-preserves-health-system.html

AAFP Statement: Budget Proposals Must Support Policies that Rebalance Health Care on ...

Apr 13, 2011 - As Americans sort through the many budget proposals coming from Capitol Hill and the White House this week, we must remember that how we spend our money for health care is equally as - if not more - important than focusing only on what is spent. Arbitrarily cutting the portion of funds ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/budget-must-rebalance-health-care.html

AAFP Statement: Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative an Important Breakthrough in ...

Sep 28, 2011 - Statement Attributable to: Glen Stream, MD, MBI President American Academy of Family Physicians The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative announced today by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This program is an important ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/comprehensive-primary-care-initiative.html

AAFP Statement: Condolence to Family and Friends of Dennis Sandlin, MD

Dec 21, 2009 - With great sadness, the American Academy of Family Physicians expresses condolences to the family, friends and patients of Dennis Sandlin, M.D. His death was the result of a senseless and tragic act of violence against a physician who provided an essential service in his rural community.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/sandlin-statement.html

AAFP Statement: Condolence to Family and Friends of George Tiller, MD

Oct 14, 2009 - Condolence to Family and Friends of George Tiller, MD

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/tiller-statement.html

AAFP Statement: Congress Must Stop ‘Patching’ Medicare and Start Implementing Permanent...

Mar 3, 2010 - Tuesday’s late-night passage of a 29-day patch to the mandated 21 percent Medicare pay cut - and legislation now before the Senate to extend this patch - buy time. But this doesn’t build physician confidence and trust in a system on which millions of elderly, disabled Americans and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/congress-must-stop-patching-medicare.html

AAFP Statement: Congress Should Act Now to Pass Bipartisan Medicare Legislation

Jun 9, 2008 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds and supports efforts by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and his colleagues in both parties to ensure that America’s Medicare patients have access to health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/kits/medicare-baucaus.html

AAFP Statement: Congress, Stop Political Squabbling Over Medicare and Do Your Job

Jun 23, 2010 - The House and Senate are pulling the rug out from under millions of Americans who depend on Medicare and TRICARE for their health care coverage.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/medicare-tricare.html

AAFP Statement: Congressional Failure to Address Medicare Payment Deeply Angers Family ...

Dec 20, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is outraged that Congress failed to prevent the 27.4 percent Medicare physician pay cut mandated by current law. That failure has presented their elderly and disabled constituents a bitter holiday gift - uncertainty whether their physicians will...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/congressional-failure-to-address-medicare-payment.html

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