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 ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare 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 CrapoMike CrapoLive coverage of Sessions confirmation hearing Senate rejects Paul's balanced budget Dems attack Trump SEC pick's ties to Wall Street MORE and Jim RischJim RischGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election GOP to Obama: Sanction Chinese entities to get to North Korea Research: Infrastructure systems easy to hack, a little slow to patch 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.