Doc Fix Agreement
A vote is expected today on a conference report to legislation (H.R. 3630) that will again postpone cuts to medical reimbursement rates for Medicare and TRICARE providers. Lawmakers are expected to extend the “doc fix” through December 31, 2012, delaying a 27.4-percent cut in reimbursement rates for physicians seeing Medicare and TRICARE patients. FRA continues to advocate a permanent resolution that ensures TRICARE and Medicare patients have continued access to quality health care services.
In addition the legislation will extend the Social Security payroll tax cut for employees, and extend unemployment benefits for certain unemployed citizens.