Bipartisan Medicare Funding Fix Passes House

(U.S. News and World Report) – The Sustainable Growth Rate is the formula the government uses for reimbursing doctors who treat Medicare patients; it ties payments to how fast the economy is growing. But Medicare spending started to grow faster than the rest of the economy in 2002, and Congress has passed short-term patches 17 times since 2003 to prevent cuts in payments to doctors that would have limited their ability to provide services to Medicare patients.

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