It's AARP v. AMA as Senate votes to cut Medicare fees

March 31, 2014 11:20 PM

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It's AARP v. AMA as Senate votes to cut Medicare fees

Doctors face as much as a 24 percent cut in Medicare fees when a deadline expires later today. So the Senate, in what has become an annual ritual, has scheduled an early evening vote on a measure to spare them. But the massively influential American Medical Association is urging a "no" vote.

At issue: Not whether to extend the "fix" that prevents Medicare fees from dropping — there is strong bipartisan support for this — but how to pay for it and whether to make it permanent.

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