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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. But prospects were dimming late Thursday that Senate leaders would take up the package to avert an automatic 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians that is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. Several Republican senators voiced concern about the bill's impact on the deficit, which could preclude Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from bringing up the bill Friday in an expedited maneuver that...

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