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  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • The doc-fix is out: House OKs changes to Medicare Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:41 PM ET
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians.

  • U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES BIPARTISAN, PERMANENT FIX FOR MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS.

  • BILL REQUIRES MEANS TESTING OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES SO PEOPLE WITH HIGHER INCOMES PAY MORE.

  • MAJORITY OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN FIX FOR MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS, VOTING CONTINUES.

  • Overwhelming bipartisan vote in Medicare reform   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Overwhelming bipartisan vote in Medicare reform

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the House has passed a $200 billion Medicare overhaul bill. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.

  • COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO, March 26- Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to fix a Medicare formula that threatens to slash payments to doctors every year. The so-called "doc fix" would replace the cuts with a multipronged approach that will be expensive and will have Medicare beneficiaries pay part of the bill. There are better places to go for the money, such as allowing...

  • Surprise! Something positive from Congress Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, answers questions during a press conference on Capitol Hill, July 24, 2014, in Washington.

    A bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare bucks the popular impression that Washington can't accomplish anything at all.

  • WASHINGTON— In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure onto the Senate, where its prospects have brightened as Democrats have muffled their criticism...

  • The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. —$6 billion, extends expiring Medicare payments, including to some hospitals, doctors and ambulance services. —$1 billion, increases...

  • Obama ready to sign bill revamping Medicare doctor fees Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's ready to sign "good, bipartisan" legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs for children and the poor as Senate Democrats seemed to soften their opposition to the package. The bill is a scarce Capitol Hill commodity: a bipartisan...

  • Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    Without a fix, doctors face a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees, the consequence of a 1990 s budget law that Congress has repeatedly waived. Obama backed the idea of a fix at a White House event marking this week's five-year anniversary of his signing the Affordable Care Act, while stopping short of backing the House compromise. "As we speak, Congress is working to fix...

  • WASHINGTON— New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents. "A lot of these doctors are talking about not performing the service," said Jesse Thomas of Mount Vernon, New York, a Medicare beneficiary retired from a career on Wall Street.

  • Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, cited two reasons for the rank and file to approve the budget, saying it would "get our economy moving again, and also set the stage for a repeal of Obamacare." Democrats criticized the plans in both houses without letup, particular the repeal of the health care law and the billions of dollars in...

  • Even insurers think elderly care is unaffordable Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Nursing home elderly

    Insurance thought they had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly, but now even insurers think it's unaffordable.

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff. The maneuver comes as Republicans in both...

  • WASHINGTON— Language has been added to an emerging bipartisan deal on Medicare clarifying that the agreement's abortion restrictions on community health centers are temporary and won't be inscribed into permanent law, House Democrats said Monday. The Democrats said they believe the new provisions will ease concerns that have threatened Democratic...

  • WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives. The White House ceremony on March 23, 2010, was an applause-filled celebration. But the polemic around "Obamacare" hasn't cooled...

  • WASHINGTON— A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups. The package is studded with provisions that draw many Democrats, including two more years of money for the...