FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Rosendale voted to cut Medicare payments for Montana rural health providers by 9 percent starting January 1st
His vote would devastate rural health care overburdened by the pandemic
Helena, MT – In a vote last night in Washington, Rep. Rosendale voted to cut Medicare payments to rural health providers by 9 percent starting on January 1st. The bill would prevent severe end-of-year cuts to Medicare that would gut rural health care in the middle of a pandemic that has devastated our economy. The legislation also protects Medicare payment rates for physicians and professionals, so that our hardworking Montana health care professionals can continue to provide high quality care.
Thankfully, despite Rosendale’s best efforts, the House passed S. 610 last night, and the bill is heading to the Senate this afternoon where Senator Daines will have an opportunity to demonstrate to Montanans whether he will stand up for Montana seniors and health care workers against draconian cuts to benefits..
“It is deeply disappointing that Rep. Rosendale put partisan performance above delivering on healthcare for Montanans, ”says Sheila Hogan, Executive Director of the MDP. “Cutting Medicare programs for Montanans in the middle of a pandemic is not an option.”
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