Congressional inaction on doc fix forces AARP to call for state action

"Congress has failed to tackle this issue in the past and now millions of Medicare beneficiaries across the nation and thousands in Idaho are paying the price for their inaction," Wordelman said in prepared remarks. "It's time for Idaho's congressional delegation to work to break the gridlock on this critical issue and help our state's elderly residents get the access to their doctors they need."

According to the AARP, 75 percent of Idaho's 213,000 Medicare beneficiaries see their physicians under the Medicare program. But an increasing number of doctors in the state are refusing to accept Medicare patients — more than 20 percent, and at 28 percent in urban areas. The number one reason for the refusing to treat these patients is the low reimbursement rates, even before the pay cut. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) is currently trying to get sufficient support for a third iteration of the extenders bill, but is having trouble getting the support from Republicans that is needed to pass the bill. Senate Republicans Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoTrump calls for looser rules for bank loans in Dodd-Frank overhaul Week ahead: Lawmakers eye another short-term spending bill Overnight Finance: Trump promises farmers 'better deal' on NAFTA | Clock ticks to shutdown deadline | Dems worry Trump pressuring IRS on withholdings | SEC halts trading in digital currency firm MORE and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischGovernment needs to help small businesses follow regulations McConnell works to salvage tax bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill MORE, both from Idaho, twice last week opposed moving the bill forward. 

Reid's latest plan is to present the new bill to the chamber at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office has released details of the legislation.