Senate under pressure to pass Medicare bill by Independence Day
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
If the Senate does not reach an agreement on a Medicare extensions package by the holiday break, retroactive legislation will be required to delay the 10.6% cut in physician pay and extend the therapy caps moratorium. The latter is an issue of major concern to nursing-home providers.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) thinks that the only legislation the Senate will be able to vote on before Independence Day will be the House version, which was passed on Tuesday. The House version of the bill delays a cut in physician pay, extends the therapy caps exceptions process for 18 months and postpones a competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment suppliers. Both Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) also had introduced separate bills.