LAS VEGAS (AP) - A looming decrease in Medicare reimbursements could cause a shortage of Nevada doctors willing to serve federally insured senior citizens.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Nevada doctors are urging Congress to delay a proposed 23 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements slated to start Jan. 1.
The Nevada State Medical Association says 12 percent of Nevada physicians have dropped out of the Medicare program this year because they are unsure that they will be paid.
Medicare provides health coverage to people 65 years old and older.
Doctors says the reimbursements barely cover their operational costs now and further cuts could prompt more physicians to turn away Medicare patients.
About 300,000 Nevadans receive Medicare benefits.
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