Assembly Sets Vote Dates On A-50,
But Plans To Gut Liability Caps First

On June 2th, the House passed, H.R. 4954, the "Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2002." The vote was 221 to 208 with 8 Democrats voting for the bill and 8 Republicans voting against. The physician Medicare payment update provisions were unchanged -- 6% increase over three years (2003-2005). Next our attention will turn to the Senate where it is expected that Democrats will try to move a Medicare bill to the floor sometime in July.  A special thanks to all those who responded to the ACC action alert issued on Tuesday.