Thirty U.S. senators have signed on to a letter that seeks to block further cuts to Medicares coverage of medical-imaging procedures.The letter, drafted by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), was sent to Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and ranking committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Nov. 1.
In the correspondence, the bipartisan group of senators expressed concern over the Childrens Health and Medicare Protection Act. Recently passed by the House, the bill would cut billions of dollars from Medicare spending on imaging procedures, including coverage of certain X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI procedures, according to the letter.
These reductions are being proposed on top of the $13 billion in recently implemented cuts in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, according to the letter. The senators are asking the Finance Committee members to oppose additional cuts to these critical medical-imaging services, while Senate and House members work to address physician payment issues. -- by Shawn Rhea
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