Federal funding bill relaxes Medicare loan repayment terms, delays DSH cuts

Modern Healthcare: House Democrats' bill to extend funding for the federal government through mid-December included a provision that would relax repayment terms for COVID-19 Medicare loans.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma confirmed on Friday that the agency is delaying recoupment on the Medicare loans as lawmakers haggled over legislation to avoid a government shutdown weeks before an election. The bill would also extend funding for several Medicare and Medicaid policies including delaying cuts to disproportionate-share hospital payments until Dec. 11.

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