The Home handed laws Tuesday night time on a 384-38 vote delaying a 2% across-the-board minimize to Medicare funds for the remainder of the 12 months. The invoice is now headed to President Joe Biden, who is anticipated to signal it into legislation.
The invoice is a giant win for hospitals and suppliers.
“Extending the moratorium by the tip of this 12 months gives much-needed reduction for important hospitals, which proceed to face heavy monetary strain from their front-line response to COVID-19,” Beth Feldpush, senior vp of coverage and advocacy, America’s Important Hospitals, stated in a press release. “The sequester would weaken the power of our hospitals to look after the communities of shade which have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic.”
The Medicare cuts initially took impact in 2013 as a part of a package deal of automated and annual price range cuts generally known as a sequester. Congress paused the sequester cuts to Medicare final 12 months in response to the pandemic and its impact on suppliers’ funds, however that pause was scheduled to finish this month.
Hospitals and suppliers argue the pandemic continues to harm them financially, significantly in rural and underserved communities.
Suppliers nonetheless face a bigger 4% Medicare minimize that might be triggered by passage of the latest COVID-19 reduction invoice. As a result of the $1.9 trillion reduction package deal raises the deficit, Medicare and different applications will face funding cuts subsequent 12 months underneath a federal legislation referred to as PAYGO.
Democrats tried to waive PAYGO by the invoice that delays the sequester cuts however that was blocked by Senate Republicans. Throughout a ground speech Tuesday night time, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), stated Congress’ work “shouldn’t be accomplished” and he intends to introduce a separate invoice geared toward forestalling the extra Medicare cuts. Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) countered, saying that Democrats “dismissed” the actual fact the “bailout invoice” will find yourself resulting in $36 billion in Medicare cuts.
American Hospital Affiliation President and CEO Rick Pollack in a press release stated the group will proceed to “advocate for extra general funding for the Supplier Aid Fund, reduction for hospitals and well being programs with Medicare accelerated funds” and for hospital and well being system priorities to be included within the upcoming infrastructure legislative package deal and Congressional motion by the tip of the 12 months on Medicare cuts because of the results of PAYGO.”