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Senate to vote this week on Medicare sequester cuts moratorium


Senate leaders Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have reached an agreement to extend the moratorium on a 2% Medicare sequester cut that was set to go into effect on March 31, the American Hospital Association confirmed to Healthcare Finance News.

Although a vote has yet to be officially scheduled, the Senate is expected to vote on a hotlined version of H.R. 1868 “in the next day or two,” AHA said.

The House passed H.R. 1868 last week, which postpones Medicare sequester payment cuts until the end of the year and exempts the budgetary effects of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill from the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

The hotlined bill the AHA expects the Senate to vote on this week does not address the 4% Medicare PAYGO cuts that were triggered when the American Rescue Plan was passed . Instead, it will provide a nine-month extension on the 2% sequester moratorium until December 31.


Hotlining a bill allows it to skip traditional Senate procedures and moves it to a vote with limited floor debate. This practice serves to move along bills that are under political pressure, often before a recess, according to the American Civil […]

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