In an effort to maintain easy access to Medicare for seniors, one U.S. senator is pushing for new legislation to reverse a pay cut aimed at physicians for giving treatment to Medicare patients.
During a teleconference Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Mansfield, released an analysis of Ohio regions that have been affected by health professional shortages and pushed for the passage of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. On Wednesday morning, Brown said if the legislation passes through the Senate and is approved by President Bush, the act would reverse a 10.6 percent pay cut physicians receive for treating Medicare patients.
The legislation had already passed through the House by a 355-59 margin and needs to pass the Senate by a margin of 60 votes.
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