H.R. 1650, the "Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2015," was introduced in the House by Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) on March 26, 2015. This legislation would allow seniors to see the physician of their choice (regardless of whether a participating or non-participating physician or practitioner), much like out-of-network options available to many with private health insurance plans. This greatly increases the likelihood that current beneficiaries and new Medicare enrollees will have access to care when and where they need it. The AMA strongly supports this legislation.
More information on this issue as well as a petition that physicians are encouraged to sign can be found at mymedicare-mychoice.org.
H.R. 1650 co-sponsorship list
Correspondence and Testimony
AMA letter to Representative Tom Price supporting H.R. 1650, the "Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2015," April 28, 2015
Sign-on letter to Rep. Tom Price supporting H.R. 1310, the “Medicare Patient Empowerment Act,” April 10, 2013
AMA letter to Representative Tom Price supporting H.R. 1310, the "Medicare Patient Empowerment Act" March 26, 2013
AMA letter to Senator Murkowski supporting S. 236, the “Medicare Patient Empowerment Act,” February 8, 2013
AMA May 5, 2012 testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on “The Need to Move Beyond the SGR,” including a section on Private Contracting (pages 13-14)
CMS letter to AMA re: Medicare "Fourth Option" for Non-participating Physicians, March 15, 2012