Congress Overrides President's Veto of Medicare Reimbursement Bill

July 16, 2008

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Following the July 9 passage of legislation in Congress to retroactively eliminate a 10.6 percent cut in physician reimbursement under Medicare, President Bush vetoed the bill (HR 6331) on July 15. Both the House and Senate quickly voted to override the presidential veto.

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The initial passage of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (HR 6331) came after a great deal of advocacy by physician groups, including the American Academy of Neurology Professional Association (AANPA). Specifically, AANPA sent four action alerts asking Academy members to contact their members of Congress in both the House and Senate. At least 1,500 Academy members responded to one of these alerts.

Review a summary of the legislation (.pdf), including a number of other important provisions to the bill.

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