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Cutting provider payments to lower Medicare costs will hurt access

Created on May 22, 2012

Cutting provider payments to lower Medicare costs will hurt access

Revised and Updated March 22, 2013 

Slide 10 | Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform

Ratcheting down Medicare payments to contain the program's cost growth will limit seniors' access to care. Medicaid, the government health program for the poor, already sets provider payment rates far below private insurance, creating similar barriers to care for enrollees.