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Dr. Alexander Biener, M.D., P.A.
595 Chestnut Ridge Road

Suite #6
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

24 March 2015 

To our Dear Patients:

This week is a very crucial one for the future of Medicare.  Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate unveiled the bipartisan Medicare payment reform bill, which eliminates the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that was initially designed to keep Medicare expenditures from growing.  However, as health care technology has cost more and more, reimbursements to physicians were cut more and more.  Both the House and Senate must vote for the bills next week, or physicians will be facing a 21% MEDICARE payment cut and many physicians may choose to stop seeing MEDICARE and TRICARE patients.

Over the last 11 years, Congress has enacted 17 patches to stop Medicare physician payment cuts, which now exceed the cost of a permanent fix, creating real uncertainty for MEDICARE and TRICARE beneficiaries.  The gap between MEDICARE payments and practice costs is growing, and threatens the patients’ access to care — many physicians will no longer be able to afford seeing MEDICARE and TRICARE patients.   

So there is great urgency for patients to petition their legislators to pass new bills H.R. 1470 and S. 810.  These bills are supported by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and there is wide bipartisan support in both Senate and the House of Representatives.

Contact your legislators and urge them to support H.R. 1470 and S. 810 — you may use the American Medical Association site which provides more information on the bill and connects you directly to your district representative through phone, email, and their social media accounts.  You can also call the AMA toll-free hotline at
1-800-833-6354.  All of these options take just a couple minutes.  The
AMA Wire® also posted a very helpful article about the bill on March 19th, which is on their website,

Please make every effort to contact a representative or senator today, as I will do the same from my office.



Dr. Alexander Biener