House passes bill drafted by Horsford to protect seniors and doctors from cuts in payments from health care providers
WASHINGTON DC – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass S. 610, a legislative package that includes a bill drafted by Congressman Horsford to prevent devastating cuts to cities. Medicare provider payments and protecting access to care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
Congressman Horsford chaired the ground debate on the package. A video of his opening remarks can be viewed here.
“This morning, Congresswoman Kim Schrier and I introduced the Supporting Healthcare Providers Act during the COVID-19 pandemic to end devastating cuts in healthcare provider payments during a global pandemic . ” Said Congressman Steven Horsford. “Tonight the House passed our bill – showing how fast we can move forward when the stakes are so high. Tonight’s vote will protect access to care for the elderly and people with disabilities when they need it most. “
Among other provisions, article 610:
- Delay the 2% reductions in Medicare escrow payments for three months (Jan. 1-March 31, 2022), followed by a reduction to 1% for three months (April 1-June 30, 2022)
- Provide a one-year (until Dec. 31, 2022) increase in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule of 3% to accommodate changes and provide support to tired healthcare providers during the public health emergency COVID-19
- Delay Medicare payment reductions on the clinical laboratory fee schedule for one year (until December 31, 2022) to preserve access to testing and laboratory services
- Delay the implementation of the Medicare radiation oncology model by one year (until December 31, 2022) to ensure access to care for cancer patients
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