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SGR bill includes $800 million for home-visitation program
Modern Healthcare

A little-noted provision of the legislative package repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors extends a grant program to pay for in-home visitations for at-risk families with newborns. The House bill includes $400 million for the visitation program in each of the next two years. That’s less than the $500 million requested by the Obama administration. “We’re really pleased that it’s extended for two years,” said Patricia Cole, director of government relations for Zero to Three, an advocacy group that focuses on young children.