Sen. Robert Menendez is urging Congress to block an increase in Medicare Part B premiums set to take effect in January.

“Seniors living on fixed incomes should not have to decide between buying food or paying rent and seeing a doctor,” Menendez said at the Martin Luther King Jr. Senior Center in Hackensack on Friday.

Premiums for Medicare Part B — which covers outpatient doctor visits, lab tests and supplies like wheelchairs and walkers — could rise by more than 50 percent for around 15 million beneficiaries because of a quirk in federal law.

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