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Medicare cut might affect doctor access
Contra Costa Times

Local doctors say a big cut to Medicare payment rates could make it more difficult for seniors to find physicians. For nearly 10 years, Congress has been approving temporary measures to postpone a cut in the rates paid to doctors for performing services for Medicare recipients. But a disagreement between the House and Senate over how long the most recent temporary fix should last means Congress blew past the deadline last week, and Medicare rates have been cut by 21.3 percent.