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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Letter to SC Senators & Representatives regarding Medicare cutbacks

Representative Spratt
Senator DeMint
Senator Graham

Message text follows:

Yusuf (JP)
410 Lakeshore Dr.
SC 29512-2512

February 17, 2010

Dear [Senator/Rep.],

I am requesting that you work to 1. Avert the March 1, 2010 scheduled Medicare cut to physicians, and 2. Support a fair and permanent fix to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. In a few days, physicians in our state who care for Medicare patients face a 21.2% cut in reimbursement.

Members of Congress have recognized that the SGR fomula is flawed and needs to be fixed. Now is the time to fix that formula. Elderly residents in our state, and your district, who are on Medicare should not have to be concerned with the possibility of being denied care because their physician no longer accepts Medicare.

Please take the first steps to change our healthcare system now with this "fix".

I expect you to work towards eliminating the cut that will take place without your action on March 1, 2010, and that you seek a permanent and fair fix to the SGR formula.


Yusuf (JP) Saleeby, MD
912 656 2297

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