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Congress Overrides Presidential Veto To Pass Crucial Medicare Bill

In a welcome development on Tuesday, Congress successfully overrode the president's veto of key Medicare legislation (H.R. 6331). The bill, which will now become law, prevents deep cuts in Medicare payment rates to physicians, replacing a 10.6 percent cut to Medicare's physician payment rates with 18 months of stable payments.

This vital legislation also contains an 18-month delay in implementation of Medicare's competitive bidding program for Durable Medical Equipment (DME), as well as an 18-month extension of the Medicare outpatient therapy cap exceptions process. Both of these provisions are vitally important to many individuals with brain injury who rely on Medicare in order to receive health care and rehabilitative services.

Thank you to all of the advocates who responded to BIAA's Legislative Action Alert last week urging Senators to override a veto by President Bush!!!

Of course, when the law expires in 18 months, Congress will have to re-visit this issue once again, but BIAA will be ready again to continue strongly advocating for an effective legislative solution to ensure that access to health care and rehabilitative services through Medicare is not diminished.


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