Congress has not yet resolved the Medicare cut issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that the Senate act on the tax extenders bill as a precondition to resolution of the Medicare cut issue. The Washington Post reports that the Senate has not been making much visible progress. Meanwhile Medicare continues to process Part B physician claims with the statutorily mandated 21.2% reduction. ABC News estimated that 50 million Medicare claims have been affected.
The White House released another major healthcare reform regulation on Tuesday. That interim final regulation concerns elimination of pre-existing condition limitations, elimination of aggregate lifetime and annual dollar limits, anti-rescission, and certain patient protections applicable to plans which are not grandfathered under the regulation released last Thursday.