Baucus, Grassley reach agreement on doc fix

Updated: Deal would break out "doc fix" from extenders package


The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee reached agreement Thursday evening on a six-month Medicare "doc fix" that could open the way for the provision to pass as early as today, Senate sources tells The Hill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRand's reversal advances Pompeo After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care MORE (R-Ky.) objected to the agreement on the floor Thursday night but sources say that's because members had not yet been informed; Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusGreen Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan Farmers hit Trump on trade in new ad MORE (D-Mont.) and Charles GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care Juan Williams: GOP support for Trump begins to crack This week: Senate barrels toward showdown over Pompeo MORE (R-Iowa) still hope to pass the provision by unanimous consent. 

The agreement is to offset the 2.2 percent pay bump for doctors with pension provisions included in the substitute amendment filed by Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHouse, Senate GOP compete for cash Overnight Tech: Alleged robocall kingpin testifies before Congress | What lawmakers learned | Push for new robocall rules | Facebook changes privacy settings ahead of new data law | Time Warner CEO defends AT&T merger at trial Senators grill alleged robocall kingpin MORE (R-S.D.) and a hospital payment provision that was included in the version the House passed right before the Memorial Day recess.

A 21.3 percent rate cut for doctors was scheduled to go into effect June 1, and the agency that oversees Medicare has called for a 10-day withholding of payments that has also expired.