March 26, 2015

Lujan Votes to Protect Seniors' Access to Their Doctor and Extend Health Care for Children

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare.  

“Year after year for more than a decade, Congress has passed short-term fixes to a flawed system in order to prevent seniors on Medicare from losing access to the doctors they trust.  Time and again, rather than enacting a stable payment system for doctors, Congress has kicked the can down the road.  Finally, a bipartisan effort has led to a compromise to permanently ensure seniors’ can continue to see their doctor.

“This legislation combines needed reforms in the way we reimburse doctors through Medicare to promote quality care with a vital extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program that prevents 2 million children from becoming uninsured.  In addition, it provides critical funding for community health centers that play a significant role in the effort to expand access to affordable health care in New Mexico.

“While not perfect, this legislation represents a compromise that on the whole makes much-needed progress in ensuring access to health care for our children and seniors.”

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