On Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1868 by a vote of 384-38. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed it into law.
This law extends the moratorium on a 2% cut to Medicare physician claims for the remainder of 2021. The cuts would have been automatically triggered by a process called sequestration.
The delay will forestall $18 billion in Medicare cuts, according to Medpage Today.
In March, hundreds of DO Day participants met virtually with their representatives and advocated for legislation to eliminate Medicare sequester cuts during COVID-19. Many in the osteopathic medical community also wrote to their legislators in support of this issue via the Osteopathic Advocacy Network.