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 McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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 BaucusBiden nominates Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' Bottom line MORE (D-Mont.) and Charles GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B 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 ThuneSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff 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.