House Passes Extension Of Medicare Sequester Moratorium

By Michelle M. Stein
The House late Tuesday (April 13) overwhelming passed legislation to stave off a 2% Medicare sequester cut, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk. Providers praised the move to extend the Medicare sequester moratorium.
The lower chamber approved 384-38 a bill passed by the Senate in late March that would delay the sequester cut until 2022. However, unlike the previous House-passed version, the latest bill doesn’t include a provision that also would head off additional sequester cuts created by the American Rescue Plan.
CMS in late March said it would hold Medicare claims “for a short period” starting April 1 so that providers wouldn’t face the 2% Medicare sequester cuts before lawmakers had a chance to take final action on the moratorium extension. -- Michelle M. Stein ([email protected])