The Senate has approved a $122 billion emergency spending bill that includes a tucked-away provision placing a two-year moratorium on a proposed Medicaid rule.
In January, the CMS proposed a rule that more narrowly defines the criteria for a
public hospital and which creates cost limits for public health providers.
The CMS said that rule would help Medicaid save $4 billion over five years. But
interest groups and members of Congress decried the rule, which the CMS could have implemented without congressional approval.
The provision, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and the spending bill itself, approved Thursday, are tenuous at best. President Bush said he would veto the spending bill, which largely would be used to fund the Iraq war, because it sets a March 2008 pullout date for U.S. troops. -- by Matthew DoBias