An Iowa lawmaker has asked President Bush to fire Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Thomas Scully following Scully's rebuke of state officials who plan to dispute Iowa's Medicare rates in court. Earlier this week Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, and Attorney General Tom Miller said they will legally challenge federal regulations that set Medicare's per-patient reimbursement in Iowa at $3,053 annually, compared with a national average of $5,490. Scully subsequently was quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying that while the federal government is sympathetic to Iowa's plight, addressing Medicare rates with a lawsuit against the CMS is "ridiculous" and "absurdly irresponsible." His reported statements roused the ire of Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), who yesterday sent Bush a letter saying, "I respectfully request you to ask Mr. Scully to tender his resignation. I further encourage you to appoint a new CMS administrator who fully supports efforts to reform and bring equity to Medicare's outdated formulas." At deadline, the Bush administration's reaction was unknown. -- by Jeff Tieman
Iowa lawmaker seeks Scully's resignation
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