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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Weekly Newsletter: March 16th, 2015

March 16, 2015
Blog Post
March 16th

Last Friday, I was excited to welcome so many of you to an Open House at my Ocean County Constituent Service Center, and talk with you about what’s on your mind. For those who couldn’t make it, you can always share your thoughts on current events with me by clicking here.

  • Protecting Medicare Advantage
  • Fixing the “Doc Fix”
  • Around the District

Protecting Medicare Advantage

This week in the House, we’ll be tackling a number of different bills to strengthen our health care system.  I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in opposing a plan by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems to cut Medicare Advantage.  We should not be slashing a valuable program that gives our seniors so much choice and flexibility over their own health care. You can read more about what’s happening by clicking here.

Fixing the "Doc Fix"

Every year, a formula that determines how doctors get paid for seeing Medicare patients threatens over 20% cuts to their funding. That means that some providers wouldn’t be able to afford helping Medicare patients, and our seniors might face problems accessing care.

Instead of solving this problem once and for all, every year Congress passes a temporary patch to avoid actually solving the problem permanently- called the “doc fix”.  There have been 17 of these “temporary” patches since 2001 – that’s not responsible governing. It’s time we find a permanent solution that will give Medicare beneficiaries the confidence that their care will stay available.

We’ll be tackling this problem next week, and I’ll be sure to keep you informed of what happens. You can read more about the “doc fix” by clicking here.

Around the District

I spent a lot of time at home in South Jersey this week, and was glad to meet with a wide variety of groups

South Toms River Mayor Oscar Cradle and I had a great discussion, and I was pleased to give him a copy of the official Congressional Record submission I made honoring his work and service.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Open House!

Here I am with Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato talking about how Ocean County is responding to illegal narcotics.

Thanks to the Legislative Advisory Committee of the Ocean County Human Services Advisory Council for taking the time to discuss the continued need for mental health support in Ocean County, particularly among veterans and survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

I had a very productive meeting with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) South Jersey Chapter about the reality of living with type 1 diabetes.

It's sure to be a busy week in Washington, so if you have thoughts or questions on anything you read here, please feel free to contact any of my offices. You can reach my Washington office by phone at (202) 225-4765, my Burlington County office at (856) 267-5182, or my Ocean County office at (732) 569-6495.