The American Medical Association has unveiled Fix Medicare Now, a multimillion-dollar ad campaign meant to encourage Americans to voice their support of a $23 billion freeze on the slated 21.3 percent Medicare payment cut.
The House on Friday passed a 19-month fix that would give physicians a 2.2 percent pay bump for the remainder of the year, and an extra 1 percent bump next year. The Senate, however, failed to act before Memorial Day recess.
While the cuts were scheduled to go into effect June 1st, the CMS has asked contractors to postpone claims processing for 10 days in an effort to give lawmakers time to freeze the rate cut.
According to the president of the AMA, "Senators need to hear from people in their home states to avoid a health care crisis caused by the Senate's inability to take action on this critical issue. The AMA will not sit silent while Senate inaction guts Medicare's physician foundation."