Doc fix in the works as part of payroll tax cut extension

February 15, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Congress brokers a deal to preserve Medicare payments to doctors by bundling it in a larger bill extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, but the funding comes from cuts to prevention and public health budgets.

Doc holding money

Congressional negotiators reached a tentative deal that would preserve Medicare funding for physicians as part of a larger deal surrounding payroll tax cut extensions.

The deal, brokered almost entirely by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), makes up for the missing dollars by taking big chunks out of budgets allocated by health care laws to prevention, public health and hospital aid funding.

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