Section 101 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (MIEA-TRHCA) provided a 1-year update of 0% for the conversion factor for CY 2007 and specified that the conversion factor for CY 2008 must be computed as if the 1-year update had never applied. Section 101 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) provided a 6-month increase of 0.5% in the CY 2008 conversion factor, from January 1, 2008, through June 30, 2008, and specified that the conversion factor for the remaining portion of 2008 and the conversion factors for CY 2009 and subsequent years must be computed as if the 6-month increase had never applied. Section 131 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) extended the increase in the CY 2008 conversion factor that was applicable for the first half of the year to the entire year, provided for a 1.1% increase to the CY 2009 conversion factor, and specified that the conversion factors for CY 2010 and subsequent years must be computed as if the increases had never applied.
Unions, Seniors Groups Urge Congress Not To Cut Medicare To Fund Trade Assistance
The letter also cites the limited applicability and the inadequacy of the TAA benefits in the bill. The unions, many of which represent public sector workers, note that these workers would not be eligible for the TAA funding in the legislation, even though many public sector jobs are vulnerable to offshoring. (The letter cites a 2007 Congressional Research Service study that found that more than 12 percent of public sector jobs are “offshorable or highly offshorable.”) In addition, the groups critique the bill’s Health Coverage Tax Credit as insufficient to provide affordable healthcare for workers who lose their jobs as a result of TPP.
petition: STOP MEDICARE COLONOSCOPY CUTS
Medicare Patients: Stop cuts that put access to colorectal screening and prevention at risk Medicare bureaucrats plan to cut doctors’ reimbursement for colonoscopy starting January 2016. The stakes are high for Medicare patients and public health. Here’s why this matters to Medicare and what you can do: Medicare patients are at high risk for colorectal cancer because of age • Age is a major risk factor for colorectal cancer and Medicare beneficiaries are at higher risk based on age Colorectal cancer hits Medicare population harder • Medicare beneficiaries account for two-thirds of all new cases of colorectal cancer each year according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Colorectal screening lags behind national targets for Medicare – cuts could make it worse • The Medicare-age population has screening rates far below national targets – only 64% according to the American Cancer Society* and far below the 80% target many public health groups have set for the year 2018 Colorectal cancer prevention by colonoscopy is a public health success story • This country is making progress against colorectal cancer in recent years – new cases are down, deaths are down overall. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer incidence rates in the United States have dropped over 30% over the past decade thanks to colonoscopy Medicare needs more colorectal cancer screening, not less • More needs to be done to increase the use of screening tests by Medicare beneficiaries to advance the fight against the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States TAKE ACTION: The American College of Gastroenterology is fighting on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and physicians on the front lines of screening and prevention for colorectal cancer. Sign this petition to add you voice to demand that Congress not allow cuts to colonoscopy and help stop Medicare bureaucrats in their tracks. *Source: American Cancer Society: “Colorectal Cancer Fact & Figures 2014-016” According to ACS, “the large declines over the past decade have largely been attributed to the detection and removal of precancerous polyps as a result of increased colorectal cancer screening.”*