Medicare Vote Step Toward Reversing Change at Cotton-O'Neil

By: 13 News/AP
By: 13 News/AP

A Topeka health care provider is waiting to see what happens next before reversing a decision on accepting new Medicare patients

The U.S. Senate voted 69 to 30 Wednesday to approve legislation that would halt a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors. The vote was puntuated by an appearance by Sen. Ted Kennedy, his first since brain surgery for a brain tumor. Kennedy said he wanted to be there to cast his vote on the issue.

The vote was more than the two-thirds margin needed to override President Bush's threatened veto.

Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare stopped taking new Medicare patients at its Cotton-O'Neil Clinics in the face of the Medicare reimbursement cuts. Spokesperson Nancy Burkhardt says they are very pleased by Wednesday's developments, but there are still more steps to go. She says Stormont's plan is to reopen to Medicare patients as soon as President Bush signs the bill or his veto is overridden.


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