House votes for permanent doc fix, bill goes to Senate

By John N. Frank , Adam Rubenfire and Paul Demko | March 26, 2015

The U.S. House Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of scrapping Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula, passing a permanent doc fix 392-37. The measure next goes to the Senate for a vote. President Barack Obama has indicated he will sign the measure.

The Senate still needs to pass the bill before adjourning on Friday. Senate Democrats have raised concerns about abortion language in the legislation and only extending the Children's Health Insurance Program for two years, but those reservations have faded as the repeal package has gained momentum. If enacted it would end a cycle of short-term doc fixes that has persisted for more than a decade. Click here to read the full article