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Senate Committee Talks Entitlement Reform (Cuts)

Higher Medicare Part B and Part D premiums for wealthier beneficiaries.   Reduced Medicare bad debt reimbursement.  Raising the Medicare eligibility age.  Reducing the scope of Medigap policies.

These were among the entitlement “reforms” discussed when Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testified recently before the Senate Finance Committee.

Congress ChamberMany of the potential Medicare cuts lawmakers are contemplating would be especially damaging to the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals, including the reduction in Medicare bad debt reimbursement discussed at the hearing.

Learn more about Mr. Lew’s testimony and the potential Medicare cuts discussed by committee members in this CQ HealthBeat article presented by the Commonwealth Fund.

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