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Old Medicare Proposals Resurface in Fiscal Cliff Talks

Proposals for how to reduce federal Medicare spending that were once thought dead are finding new life in the current fiscal cliff crisis debate.

In particular, recommendations offered by the 2010 Bowles-Simpson commission are being recirculated as Congress and the White House search for ways to avert the fiscal cliff.

Among those that would affect hospitals are reductions in Medicare bad debt reimbursement and medical education payments.

Other proposals, such as increasing Medicare beneficiaries’ cost-sharing and limiting Medigap coverage, would probably lead to increased bad debt for urban safety-net hosptials that care for especially large numbers of low-income seniors.

Read about “The Return of Simpson-Bowles in the Medicare Debate” in this Medicare NewsGroup articleUS Capitol Dome.

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