CASHIERS CHECK "LOTTERY" SCAM
A fraudulent organization is sending out cashiers checks with the Prime Financial Credit Union logo with a letter informing recipients that they are winners of an online lottery. This is a SCAM, and the checks should NOT be negotiated. If you receive a cashiers check with the Prime Financial CU logo, please contact the Credit Union immediately at 414.486.4500 or 800.835.9680.
DEBIT CARD PHONE SCAM
Two organizations claiming to be from Prime Financial City Wide and First Service Credit Union are calling members requesting their debit card number. One is claiming the member’s debit card is blocked and requests to enter the debit card number to unblock it. The other is an automated message stating the member’s debit card is deactivated and requests to enter the debit card number to reactivate the card. If you received either of these phone calls, do NOT enter your debit card number and hang-up the phone. Prime Financial Credit Union will NEVER contact you to retrieve your account or debit card numbers
MASONIC PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES
On March 1, 2010, doctors face a minimum across-the-board cut of 21% in Medicare reimbursements as mandated by the Medicare Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) formula.
These cuts are a problem for all Americans because an AMA survey shows that these drastic cuts in Medicare payments will make it harder for patients to see their doctor.
Consider some of these alarming survey results:
• 60% of all doctors say a Medicare cut will force them to decrease or stop seeing new Medicare patients and to discontinue nursing home visits.
• A majority of doctors in rural communities say they will no longer be able to conduct important outreach services due to nine years of projected cuts.
• Nearly 75% of all doctors say the Medicare cuts will force them to delay purchasing critical new medical equipment.
• 65% of doctors say the Medicare cuts will force them to delay purchase of new health care technology.
Many doctors report that more Medicare patients are now being treated in emergency rooms for conditions that could have been treated in a physician's office, that it has become more difficult to refer patients to certain medical and surgical specialists, and that many seniors now must travel further for essential medical care.
I strongly urge you to contact your elected official to act IMMEDIATELY to stop the 21% cut in Medicare/TRICARE payments to doctors now scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2010.
As demonstrated by the one-year band-aids since 2002, We The People, need a permanent fix to this situation.
While fixes were part of the national health reform legislation, those bills are now on hold and we cannot wait while Congress tries to figure out what to do.
Unless we tell the Congress, act now, millions of seniors and military beneficiaries risk having their doctors stop seeing them, and thousands of stroke/accident victims will start bumping against the therapy cap.
You must ACT NOW and contact your elected official to reverse the 21% payment cut and preserve essential health care access for millions of seniors and military families.
As a minimum, extend the moratorium on cuts to physician reimbursements. Of course, a best solution would be to repeal the SGR (Sustained Growth Rate) formula with a better formula.