Sen. Max Baucus
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said Wednesday that a proposal to implement "blended" payment rates for Medicaid is "on the table" in negotiations over raising the federal debt limit. This proposal could save the government up to $100 billion over 10 years, the Bureau of National Affairs reports.
Staff members representing Harry Reid (D-NV), Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) reportedly have been finalizing an agreement on a one-year solution to the Medicare "doc fix." Senate leaders hope to send it to the floor of the Senate as early as today, Politico.com reported.
The Senate failed to muster the votes Monday to repeal an unpopular tax reporting mandate that was passed to help finance the healthcare reform law.