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Mar 26, 2015

US House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – 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 forward by Republican House
Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would
fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It
would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. House passes bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday 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 forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors.

Mar 25, 2015

Obama ready to sign bipartisan fix for Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he was ready to sign bipartisan legislation to change the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, signaling support for a bipartisan effort by U.S. House of Representatives leaders.

“Congress is working to fix the Medicare physician payment system. I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama, a Democrat, said at the White House, adding that this would be “really exciting.”

Mar 24, 2015

Medicare doctor pay fix prospects brighten in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker
John Boehner said on Tuesday that prospects were good for
passage of a permanent fix to Medicare’s flawed doctor-pay
formula, a move that would spare physicians from impending pay
cuts.

The Republican leader said the House was intent on avoiding
another short-term repair like the ones resorted to previously.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. House leader says prospects good for fixing Medicare doctor pay

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that
prospects were good for passage of a permanent fix to Medicare’s
flawed doctor-pay formula that would spare physicians from
impending steep pay cuts.

The Republican leader said the House was intent on avoiding
the kind of short-term repair that has been resorted to
previously.

Mar 23, 2015

Obamacare subsidies likely expanded insurance coverage -report

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Early evidence suggests
that the tax credit subsidies at the core of President Barack
Obama’s healthcare reform law likely helped expand U.S. health
insurance coverage last year, Congress’s non-partisan research
arm said on Monday.

The subsidies – which can be paid by the federal government
to insurers in advance to lower monthly insurance premiums -
significantly reduced the premium costs, the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. abortion politics snag effort to fix doctors’ Medicare pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Abortion politics in the U.S. Congress, already holding up a human trafficking bill and a key Obama administration nomination, are now also complicating bipartisan talks on a deal that would spare physicians from Medicare pay cuts.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and another senior Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, say they’re worried that an emerging House of Representatives deal to rewrite Medicare’s flawed doctor-pay formula will include anti-abortion language.

Mar 19, 2015

Emails sought of nearly a dozen U.S. State Dept. workers under Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress has subpoenaed the emails of “close to a dozen” people who worked in the State Department for Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, the chairman of the U.S. House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Thursday.

Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, told Reuters these included aides to Clinton and perhaps “aides to aides.”

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. House leaders pursue lasting fix for doctors’ Medicare pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are pursuing a bipartisan deal to spare physicians from recurring Medicare pay cuts, but the two leaders face a familiar conundrum: how to pay for it.

Hundreds of thousands of doctors who participate in traditional Medicare face a 21 percent cut in their reimbursements on April 1. The cut is part of a 1990s cost-saving initiative for the government healthcare program, which today serves 54 million elderly and disabled people.

Mar 17, 2015

Republican congressman with ‘Downton Abbey’ office resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, a Republican from Illinois whose Downton Abbey-styled office launched a series of media reports questioning his use of taxpayer dollars, announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress.

The 33-year-old congressman from Peoria, Illinois had been a rising star in House Republican circles since he was elected in 2008. But he said in a statement that he was stepping down “with a heavy heart.”