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Senate Will Not Vote to Use Medicare to Pay for Unemployment Benefits

In a 52-48 vote Jan. 15, the Senate rejected a motion to vote on legislation that would have used Medicare reductions to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits. As previously reported in Newsline, America’s Essential Hospitals and other hospital groups urged Congress to oppose this proposal to cut Medicare funding to pay for the unemployment benefit extension. While the groups did not oppose the extension of unemployment benefits, they did oppose using Medicare cuts to pay for “non-Medicare related spending.”


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