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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual ‘Doc Fix’ Exercise?
National Public Radio

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the month. This isn’t a new problem. While Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill agree that the formula that pays doctors who treat Medicare patients has long been broken, over the years they’ve been unable to pass more than temporary patches.

But the leaders of the House from both parties have come up with a plan that they think can fix a problem that has bedeviled Congress since 1997. On Thursday, it passed in the House 392 to 37. The Senate is likely to take it up after a two-week recess.