Alexander, Corker Statements on the Medicare Payments to Physicians Bill

Posted on June 26, 2008

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statements regarding the vote on H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. “I could not vote for this version of the Medicare bill because it is not fair to Tennessee hospitals, especially the Regional Medical Center at Memphis,” Alexander said. “The cuts in payments to physicians serving Medicare patients will be addressed immediately after the 4th of July, and when that is done physicians will be retroactively made whole if that is necessary. Unfortunately, the Democratic leader blocked a 30-day extension of the current program which could have avoided this inconvenience to physicians.” “It is a shame that we have to go through this unnecessary process to get a much needed bipartisan compromise to establish a solution for the Medicare physician payment cuts and to protect the safety net infrastructure in Tennessee, including hospitals like the MED in Memphis and others throughout our state. But I’m confident that it will be accomplished and it will be done in a manner that is in the best interests of our state and our country,” said Corker, who voted against moving forward on the bill.” The motion to proceed to H.R. 6331 received 58 votes. Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required. ###