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Senate takes up SGR, COBRA subsidy bill
Modern Healthcare

The Senate has taken up a broad bill that would give a reprieve to doctors who face a Medicare pay cut while extending a number of expiring federal healthcare provisions. The bill also contains measures that extend COBRA premium subsidies, unemployment insurance provisions and a federal increase in Medicaid payment. “Unless we reinstate the programs in this bill, there will be real-world consequences for the people who depend on these programs today,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the legislation’s authors.