U.S. House of Representatives
House passes compromise package to change how Medicare pays doctors

The House of Representatives easily passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to update the way Medicare pays physicians and extend federal funding for a popular children’s health insurance program, putting pressure on the Senate to act before Congress recesses Friday. Major medical groups and House lawmakers are now pushing Senate leaders to take up the package to avert an automatic 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians that is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. “If enacted, this bill will permanently replace one of Washington’s most infamous budget gimmicks … with a more stable system that rewards quality and innovation,” House Speaker John A....