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'SCHIP funding levels too low' ACP tells Senate Finance Committee Leaders

1, 2008, followed by annual cuts of at least 5 percent in subsequent years. ACP urged the Senate Finance Committee to report legislation to mandate at least two years of stable, predictable and positive updates, reflecting increases in physicians practice costs.

  • Level the playing field between Medicare Advantage and fee-for-service (FFS) and apply the savings to SCHIP and halting the Medicare physician payment cuts. Paying Medicare Advantage plans more for the same patient than what would be paid under FFS contributes to higher expenditures, higher budget deficits, and Medicare insolvency.

    Children and seniors alike need Congress to take action to assure continued access to good health care, said Dr. Levine. We appreciate the efforts that Senator Baucus and Senator Grassley have made to maintain and improve SCHIP, and particularly, their courage in taking on big tobacco to provide health care to kids. At the same time, we will continue to urge lawmakers to provide sufficient funding to cover more vulnerable children and avert cuts that will reduce elderly patients access to Medicare.


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  • Contact: David Kinsman
    dkinsman@acponline.org
    202-262-4554
    American College of Physicians
    18-Jul-2007


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