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Capitol Health Call
January 1, 2003

Medicare Cuts Not Reversed

JAMA. 2003;289(1):35. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.35-a

Despite intense pressure from health care lobbying groups, including the American Medical Association, the 107th Congress adjourned without passing legislation to block a cut in fees paid to Medicare providers. While the House passed a bill that would have reversed the 4.4% cut, which takes effect this month (January 2003), the Senate did not.

Health care policy analysts blamed two factors for the inaction: a time crunch and an unwillingness to favor physicians over other providers, such as long-term care facilities.

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