Possible Funding Cuts Could Force Doctors to Leave Medicare Program in 2013 - NAELA Members Can Offer Advice on Planning for Health Care

Discussion of Medicare Cuts Cause Uncertainty for Future of Older Americans and People with Disabilities

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Uncertainty about Medicare changes is unsettling. NAELA is working with Congress to preserve Medicare for current and future older Americans and persons with disabilities. NAELA members can help their clients receive health care now and in the future.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 28, 2013

Congress and the Obama administration continue to discuss the budget deficit, and cuts to Medicare are a part of the discussion. The Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) is a method the U.S. government uses to control spending on physician services by reducing the amount Medicare pays in order to reach target expenditures. The so-called “doc fix” has been used by Congress in the past to suspend or adjust these cuts. Now, one in five physicians are restricting the number of Medicare patients in their practice and one in three primary care doctors are restricting Medicare patients because of the ongoing threat of future payment cuts, according to a 2010 American Medical Association (AMA) survey.

Health care is one facet of planning for the future for older Americans. Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys are well qualified to help you plan for legal, financial, medical, and health care matters. Long-term care choices, decision-making in the event of incapacity, guardianships, and conservatorships are a few areas where an Elder Law attorney goes beyond traditional estate planning.

“Uncertainty about Medicare changes is unsettling. NAELA is working with Congress to preserve Medicare for current and future older Americans and persons with disabilities. NAELA members can help their clients receive health care now and in the future,” said NAELA President Gregory S. French, CELA, CAP.

Find a NAELA member attorney in your area who can assist you with planning for your future health care needs.

To receive a free NAELA brochure, “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Specialist Abby Matienzo by email [amatienzo(at)naela(dot)org] or phone at 703-942-5711, #230.

About NAELA

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.


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