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Baucus to seek freeze in Medicare pay rates
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The Senate plans to act to prevent the looming 27.4% cut in Medicare physician payments before either Congress adjourns or the cuts go into effect at the beginning of next year, according to Senate Democrats. However, leaders have yet to finalize many of the relevant details. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and tax issues, plans to include a freeze in Medicare payment rates in his draft of a tax cut extension bill that the House of Representatives is voting on, according to a Senate aide.