On March 25, the U.S. Senate voted 90-2 to extend the moratorium on a scheduled 2 percent Medicare cut that was set to expire today (April 1). The bipartisan legislation, offered as an amendment by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would provide a nine-month extension of the moratorium, through the end of 2021.
The House of Representatives passed different legislation earlier that would both extend the moratorium through the end of the pandemic and eliminate an additional 4 percent Medicare cut scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1.
The House will need to pass the Senate language when it returns from its Easter/Passover recess in mid-April. The House is expected to vote favorably, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to hold off on processing April claims until then to avoid making reduced payments.