Bush passes bill with Medicaid rule moratorium
President Bush passed the latest rendition of an Iraq spending bill, offering some relief to nursing home providers.The bill, which Bush approved on Friday, delays for one year a rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would cut about $3.8 billion from Medicaid over five years. The rule will curb what the government perceives as abusive intergovernmental transfers.
Also welcome news for nursing homes is the two-year extension of SeniorCare, a Wisconsin prescription drug program for low-income seniors in the state. The president vetoed a previous version of the war spending bill because it included a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.