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Senate to take up historic Medicare bill after recess
Senate to take up historic Medicare bill after recess

After a marathon session of voting on budget bill amendments, Senate leaders failed Friday to bring up a vote on a potentially historic compromise to fix Medicare’s system for paying doctors and to extend funding for a popular government health insurance program for children. The inaction means Medicare will start processing a 21% cut in fees to physicians on Wednesday, though the reduced payments will not start hitting medical offices until the middle of next month. Senators, meanwhile, will have to take up the stalled healthcare package after they return from their two-week recess on April 13, one day before doctors will start to see the effects of the cut. Senate Majority...

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