Democratic lawmakers seek Medicaid payment bump

March 11, 2015

Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced a bill that would boost payments to Medicaid doctors to equal those paid to Medicare doctors. Physician groups have lobbied hard for higher payments for treating Medicaid patients. The bill would also bump up payments for doctors and nurses who specifically treat women and children, such as OB-GYNs, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The Medicaid bump alone would cost the federal government at least $11 billion, according to CMS. The bill comes as House GOP leaders are quietly working on legislation that would permanently repeal payment cuts to Medicare providers.
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