February Legislative Report

Stop the 21% Medicare-TRICARE Cut

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Unless Congress changes current law, Medicare and TRICARE will have to cut payments to doctors by 21 percent as of April 1, 2015.

This huge cut would deter many doctors from continuing to see Medicare and TRICARE patients.

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This is the message that MOAA National has suggested:

“I am writing to urge you to ensure Congress acts in time to stop the 21 percent cut in Medicare and TRICARE payments to doctors now scheduled to take effect in April 2015.

Such draconian cuts would cause large numbers of doctors to stop taking Medicare and military patients. Beneficiaries should not have to fear for their vital health coverage at the end of every year because of Congressional inaction.

The Congressional Budget Office recently lowered its estimate of the cost of a long term fix which makes a solution more attainable than ever.

Please do everything in your power to stop the 21 percent cut and change the statutory payment formula to avoid these ever-larger annual cuts.”

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Use the MOAA-suggested message on the link below to urge your legislators to reverse this draconian cut and protect beneficiary health care access.

MOAA Legislative Action Center for easy sending - this is a very easy way send your message. It will take you about 5 minutes or less.

If you prefer you may download files in MS Word format that you will need to modify sign and send if you would rather send a paper letter yourself. We have prepared them as if they were going to SC Senators Lindsay Graham, Tim Scott and SC04 Representative Trey Gowdy.
If you live in any other district and want to know the mailing address of your elected officials they may be found at the website Contacting the Congress.

Rally for our Veterans Wednesday April 8 2015

There will be a “Rally for our Veterans” on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10am – 2pm on the North End State House Steps organized by the South Carolina Veteran’s Advocacy Council.

The keynote speaker will be Vietnam MOH recipient Major General James E. Livingston USMC (Ret). The rally will honor Vietnam Era Veterans and highlight the need to make SC a veterans friendly state by passing the bills exempting military retirement income from SC tax and by bringing the State into compliance with Federal law concerning education tuition rates for veterans using the GI Bill.

Kind regards,

David

David B. Lobb
COL USA (ret)
VP for Legislative Affairs
SC MOAA Council
Cell: 1-803-270-8690
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