Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, FTC Matter No: V100017 #00005 

Submission Number:
00005 
Commenter:
Gretchen Harwood
State:
New Hampshire
Initiative Name:
Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, FTC Matter No: V100017

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. Thank you.