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Lawmakers wrestle with cost of doc payment fix
Modern Healthcare

Democratic leaders in Congress continued to push a 10-year, roughly $174 billion package of Medicare provisions and extensions to safety net health programs they want passed before the Memorial Day recess even though an intra-party rift over cost could prove troublesome. “We should have the ‘jobs’ bill over here tomorrow,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters, referencing the bill that also includes a 3½-year “fix” for Medicare physician payments.