June 27, 2008
On June 26, the Senate fell just one vote short of moving forward to pass a package of reforms to the Medicare program, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (HR 6331). The vote was 58-40, 2 votes short of the 60 needed close off debate. Click here to see how your Senators voted.
The House had cleared HR 6331 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 355-59 on June 24 – thanks to your advocacy contacting House members. HR 6331 includes a number of critical provisions for Medicare beneficiaries living with serious mental illness, including:
Congress must revisit this Medicare legislation in July. As of July 1, payments to physicians under Medicare Part B will be cut by an average of 10% as the physician payment update (known as SGR) expires.
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