Senate to decide on bill delaying competitive bidding

06/26/2008 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Senate today is expected to vote on legislation authorizing an 18-month delay in the implementation of CMS' competitive-bidding program, which the agency says would save taxpayers $1 billion annually and avert fraud. Medical-equipment suppliers say that the bill, which the House passed Tuesday in a 355-59 vote, would hamper their ability to provide Medicare beneficiaries with customized wheelchairs and other products.

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