Submission Number: 00005
Received: 4/3/2011 6:52:45 AM
Commenter: Gretchen Harwood
State: New Hampshire
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program; FTC Matter No: V100017
Attachments: No Attachments
I am a 53 y/o disabled female on SSD & Medicare. My income is 130% below the poverty level. I go to a community clinic in NH for care. I, for the most part, am happy with the HC I receive. I have been following the HCR proceedings.
Republicans continue to undermine the spirit of the legislation, and I fear that because of this anti-trust proposal, they are going to further damage HCR legislation. I think that the anti-trust proposal was well thought out, and covered important points that needed to be defined, like the 30% rule on physician/hospital partners.
I read that the Hitchcock Clinic in NH has a contract with Medicare, although I cannot find out how to switch over. I am afraid that the Manchester Community Health Services will be closed, and the minimal care I get will be gone too. I have needed glasses for years, and I have no access to dental care.
I thought that it would be important to share my story.
Now I hear that the new GOP idea is to retain a doctor like a lawyer. That won't work for most Medicare recipients, where will the retainer fee come from? The result will be that the only ones who won't be covered are Medicare/Medicaid patients.
Please post where Medicare patients sign up in New Hampshire and other states. I have gone to Dartmouth Hitchcock, and it would probably be an easy transition. I am truly appalled at the actions taken by republicans in NH, and other states.
I strongly support President Obama and am grateful for his administration.