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Senate Rejects Proposal to Extend Medicare Sequester

January 17, 2014—The Senate Jan. 14 rejected a procedural vote on an amendment offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to extend Medicare cuts under the sequester by one year through fiscal year (FY) 2024 to offset the costs of extending unemployment insurance benefits. The proposal, which needed 60 votes to pass, was defeated 55-45 mostly along party lines.

The AAMC and seven other hospital associations Jan. 13 sent a joint sign-on letter  to all Senate offices urging them to strongly oppose this proposal. Explaining that the group does not oppose an extension of benefits, the letter states that they “oppose using Medicare reductions to pay for non-Medicare related spending.”

Under the original sequester agreement, Medicare cuts were scheduled to end in FY 2021. The December 2013 bipartisan budget agreement extended the cuts through FY 2023.


Christiane Mitchell
Senior Director Health Care Affairs
Telephone: 202-828-0461


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