Congress Approves Medicare Bill Over Presidential Veto
In mid-July, the US House and Senate overrode President
Bush’s veto of the Medicare Improvements for Patients
and Providers Act. This legislation restores a 10.6% cut
in physician reimbursement that began on July 1. This
legislation also provides an additional 1.1% increase in
physician reimbursement for 2009.
President Bush vetoed the act because he was concerned
about cuts in the Medicare Advantage program being used
to pay for the restoration of physician reimbursement
under Medicare Part B.
Despite a strong push from a coalition of patient
organizations, distributors and the manufacturers of IVIg,
the Medicare IVIg Access Act, (S. 2990/HR 2914) was not
included within the larger Medicare bill that the Congress approved. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative
Kevin Brady (R-TX) have been strong champions of this
legislation and have pledged to continue to push for the
IVIg access issue within the Congress. The community will
build on the significant progress made this year.
Please see the
Spring 2008 issue of Policy Impact for an
analysis of the Medicare IVIg Access Act.
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Public Policy Newsletter - US Summer 2008 (PDF, 365 KB)