October 21, 2013
AAA CALL TO ACTION
TO: AAA Membership
FROM: Jimmy Johnson
RE: Write Your Senators about Cosponsoring Medicare Ambulance Relief Bill
Please write your two Senators to request they cosponsor the Medicare Ambulance Access Act of 2013 (S. 1405). This legislation would extend for five years the current temporary Medicare ambulance add-on increases of 2% urban, 3% rural and the super rural bonus payment. If Congress does not act on an extension, the relief will expire at the end of this year. Please write your Senators today!
Writing Letters is Easy and takes Only Minutes
We have posted sample letters to your Senators on our online letter writing system. The system does all the work for you. To access the system to write letters, please click here http://capwiz.com/the-aaa/issues/alert/?alertid=62971526. You can also access the online letter writing system on the AAA website at www.the-aaa.org and selecting “Contact Your Members of Congress” from the dropdown menu under “Advocacy.”
To access the system to write letters, please go to: http://capwiz.com/the-aaa/issues/alert/?alertid=62971526.
Each year, it becomes more difficult for the AAA and its supporters to extend this relief. This year will be especially difficult as certain temporary Medicare provider relief provisions have already expired and increased scrutiny is placed on those set to expire at the end of this year. It is therefore critical that you write to your Senators to gain their support for Medicare ambulance relief. The Medicare Ambulance Access Act is sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and would extend the Medicare ambulance add-ons for five years giving Congress the additional time to address any necessary reform to the fee schedule.
We encourage you to forward this e-mail to members of your state ambulance association and other ambulance service providers so that non-AAA members also receive this critical message write their Senators.
Again, to access the system to write letters, please go to: http://capwiz.com/the-aaa/issues/alert/?alertid=62971526.
Thank you in advance for writing to your Senators. We will not be successful in extending relief without help from you and others supporters of the efforts of the AAA.