House Bid to Undo Dialysis Cuts Shows Lobbyists’ Muscle

Friday, October 25, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

The New York Times

Dialysis company officials say federal drug payments should be maintained because they help the companies with other costs not sufficiently covered by the government reimbursements.

Dialysis company officials say federal drug payments should be maintained because they help the companies with other costs not sufficiently covered by the government reimbursements.

WASHINGTON — Eight months ago, Congress ordered the Obama administration to eliminate a stark example of federal government waste: more than $500 million a year in excessive drug payments being sent to dialysis clinics nationwide.Diane Wish worries that federal cuts in reimbursements may result in the closing of her nonprofit chain of dialysis centers.

But in a demonstration of just how hard it is to curb spending in Washington, more than 100 of the same members of Congress who voted in January to impose the cut are now trying to push the Obama administration to reverse it or water it down.

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