by Ted Land
Monday, March 29, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Democrats in the state Legislature are working on a bill to help pay the Medicare costs of underserved Alaskans.
The bill would grant state money to doctors' offices in parts of Alaska where the Medicare reimbursement rate is too low.
The sponsors say there are underserved areas where doctors are turning Medicare patients away because they're not getting enough money in return from the federal government.
Under the Democrats' proposal, state money would make up the difference. A system like this was not allowed under federal law until the recent healthcare reform.