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Upton issues statement on federal moratorium on Medicare payment cuts during pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) issued the following statement today after he voted for and the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to extend a moratorium on Medicare payment cuts – that would otherwise expire at the end of March – to healthcare professionals as a result of ongoing economic hardship presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It passed by a bipartisan vote of 246 to 175 and will now be considered in the U.S. Senate.

“During these particularly tough times, Medicare has served as a real lifeline for millions of Americans who rely on its quality care to stay healthy. But, without congressional action, I have heard from many medical professionals in Southwest Michigan who would take a significant pay cut at the hands of federal budgetary requirements that would affect Medicare payments. That is simply unacceptable. Our healthcare heroes have worked day and night to save lives and keep folks healthy, and they cannot wait a second longer to be compensated for the work they have done – and will continue to do – to keep our communities safe as we look to put this awful pandemic in the rearview mirror.”

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