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Senate Delay Could Result in Medicaid Cuts to Physicians
By News Staff
States, in turn, will have few options remaining for cutting budgets and raising revenues, putting Medicaid payments to physicians at risk, according to Martin. At least 30 states budgeted for the six-month increase in 2011. That funding originally was set at $24 billion and later trimmed to $16 billion.
The bill, H.R. 4213, (at the THOMAS Web site, type "H.R. 4213" in the search box after selecting "Bill Number") also contains millions of dollars in aid to state governments and an extension in emergency unemployment benefits. The measure originally included a Medicare payment update, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., stripped the payment provision out of the bill to move it forward separately. That stripped-down bill passed on June 25.
Meanwhile, the Senate leadership has been unable to muster the 60 votes needed to pass the larger bill that contains the Medicaid funding.
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