Doc fix timeline: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday he expects to move a bill through committee by August that would permanently replace Medicare's payment formula for doctors. Speaking at a BakerHostetler conference on healthcare and tax policy, Upton said he wants to have a permanent "doc fix" bill ready this month, so it can be ready for the floor by August.
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said he and Upton are on the same page with the "doc fix," but haven't yet tackled the most controversial part of the effort — finding a way to pay for it.
Lawmakers have looked more seriously at a permanent solution this year because of a dramatic cut in the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimates.
Medicaid: Energy and Commerce Democrats made clear Wednesday that they oppose proposals to overhaul Medicaid by capping how much it spends on various categories of beneficiaries. Committee Republicans said during a hearing on Medicaid's future that the program is badly in need of reform and is already struggling to provide quality care despite low payment rates and high-cost beneficiaries.
Witness testimony and other materials from the hearing are online here.
Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (D-Ore.) will outline new Medicare reforms during a speech to the National Accountable Care Organization Summit.
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