Sens. Aim To Curb Medicare 'Earmarks' For Mass. Hospitals

Law360, New York (January 31, 2013, 4:15 PM EST) -- Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., floated a bill Wednesday that would erase an Affordable Care Act provision they say tilts Medicare reimbursements wildly in favor of Massachusetts hospitals, earning it the nickname “Bay State boondoggle.”

The legislation seeks to repeal a section of the health care reform law that required reimbursements for hospital wages to come from a national pool of money, instead of state allocations, resulting in what critics labeled a zero-sum game in which handful of states win big at the...
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