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Senate Passes SGR Fix, Obama Likely to Sign
Health Leaders Media

On a bipartisan 64-35 vote, the Senate on Monday evening easily passed an 11th-hour bill to delay by one year a 24% cut in Medicare reimbursements for physicians that would have kicked in at midnight if the Sustainable Growth Rate funding scheme had been allowed to expire.

Monday’s vote marks the 17th time that Congress has provided a short-term fix for the SGR since it was enacted in 1997. The controversial bill to extend the patch, which was make public only last week, sparked brief but fierce criticism before the Senate vote.