President Signs Bill to Extend Health Programs, Delay DSH Reductions
On April 1, 2014, the president signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (P.L. 113-93), which delays for one year, until April 1, 2015, the scheduled 24% reduction in the Medicare reimbursement rate for physicians. In addition, the law extends a number of health programs operating under short-term extensions, as well as programs included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) scheduled to expire within the next year. The measure also delays the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) reductions included in ACA for another year. Finally, it includes two new demonstration projects for states.