What if Everyone Had Medicare?

HC reform cartoonThat is what the world will look like for the anesthesia providers if House Bill HR3200 passes in its current form. After weeks of hearings and closed door negotiations, Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives formally unveiled their health care reform proposal, H.R. 3200, the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act,” yesterday afternoon. This historic bill includes a number of important delivery reforms that will expand access to insurance for the uninsured.  Much to the disappointment of anesthesia professionals across the country,  the bill contains provisions expanding Medicare’s flawed payment level for anesthesia services.  H.R. 3200 creates a new government-sponsored insurance option tied to Medicare called the “public health insurance option.”   Payments to providers under this plan would be based on Medicare rates.  Payments for anesthesia services would be based upon Medicare’s unacceptably low anesthesia conversion factor – a payment level calculated to be only 33% percent of commercial/private insurance levels.

Anesthesia professionals should contact their member of Congress Today – ITS EASY … CLICK THIS LINK

Committee action begins on the bill tomorrow.


2 Responses to “What if Everyone Had Medicare?”
  1. Jackie Durkee says:

    At http://www.FaithfulinPrayer.wordpress.com, I’m writing a series of articles outlining what the the actual House bill (h.r.3200) says.
    So far, I’m at Subtitle 2 of Title II of Division A. Tomorrow will be Subtitle 3.
    Join the Journey!

  2. Robert says:

    I suggest lots of caffiene. Good Luck.