Congress Votes To Spare Doctors From Medicare Cuts

Congress has passed a bill to temporarily spare doctors from a scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare payments.

The measure would delay cuts through the end of November while lawmakers work on a more permanent solution. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

There was some urgency to approve the funding because Medicare announced last week it would begin processing claims it had already received for June at the lower rate.

The funding had been part of a larger bill to provide extended unemployment benefits for laid off workers and provide states with billions of dollars to avert layoffs. Senate Republicans have been blocking the larger bill.

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