In order to give an incentive and encourage doctors to enter and stay in primary care practice, the Senate Health Care Reform Bill has a provision in it to provide bonus Medicare payments to doctors from certain primary care specialties. I think this is a wonderful idea except that it currently leaves out doctors who specialize in headaches or provide the primary care for patients with headache disorders of which Neurologists make up a very large percent.
The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) has made us aware of this fact and let us know that Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senator Collins of Maine and Senator Brown of Ohio have offered a bipartisan amendment to the Senate Health Care Reform Bill that would add Neurologists to this incentive program.
The amendment would not only help headache patients, but would include other neurological diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's, Brain Injuries, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and so forth.
What can you do to help? It really, really is easy. You can contact your two Senators RIGHT NOW through the AHDA website to urge them to co-sponsor the Klobuchar amendment.
It took me less then 10 minutes to email my Senators and I added a few words of my own. You can add comments of your own too, but you don't have to when you Email Your Senator. This link brings you to the AHDA website where they make it easy for you to send the email with a few mouse clicks in a few minutes.
It is truly that simple and that important. Please take these few moments now to help toward this worthy objective.