Brown pushes for Medicare bill passage

Columbus Dispatch Daily Briefing Blog

More than half of Ohio counties contain areas where there are shortages of doctors and other medical services, says Sen. Sherrod Brown. That’s a big reason why the Senate later this afternoon should approve legislation halting a 10 percent cut in Medicare physician reimbursement rates, says the Ohio Democrat.

“It’s time to move on it, not compromise until we get nothing done,” Brown said during a noon conference call with Ohio reporters.

The cut went into effect July 1. The House before a July 4 break overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion passed the bill taking away the cut and giving doctors a small increase in Medicare payments, but the Senate failed to follow suit. The bill got 59 votes in the Senate, but that fell one short of the 60 needed to halt debate and proceed to a final tally.

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