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Senate vote keeps delay for sequestration cuts on track

A bill to delay 2% across-the-board Medicare payment cuts is heading back to the House after a key vote of support in the Senate on Thursday, March 25.

Even though the signing of the bill will likely be delayed until mid-April, the 90-2 vote in the Senate will likely mean current Medicare payment rates will be unchanged after the current March 31 deadline, says Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home & Hospice.

The bill pushes the timeline for implementing 2% sequestration cuts from April 1 to January 1, 2022.

A Senate amendment to the bill removes a House measure that would have waived the need for Medicare cuts due to pandemic spending, Bloomberg reported.