10.27.20

Daines Calls on Senate Leadership to Prevent Cuts to Medicare Payments, Protect Montana Patients

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to prevent Medicare payment cuts and protect patients in Montana in legislation before the end of the year.  

“I have heard from Montanans that these payment cuts will further strain our state’s health care system and practitioners already stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and could also jeopardize patient access to medically necessary services over the long-term,” Daines wrote. “I stand ready to work with you to prevent these harmful cuts and support Montana’s physicians and other health care professionals who are on the frontlines of this pandemic to continue ensuring Montanans across the state can access necessary medical services.”

To read Daines' letter to Senate leadership, click HERE.

In his letter, Daines expressed his concerns with payment cuts proposed for certain health care providers, which will affect a large number of specialty physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, and other providers in Montana.  Due to the pandemic, medical professionals across Montana are already facing financial challenges, and these payment reductions could hinder access to care for patients.

As Montana’s health care system and medical providers continue to feel pressure from rising cases of COVID-19, Senator Daines is fighting to ensure our health care heroes across the state who are on the frontlines of this pandemic are supported so that Montanans can access necessary medical services.

Background:

Daines has been leading the efforts in Congress to respond to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country. To read about Daines’ COVID-19 related efforts, click HERE