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Labs Grumble Over Co-Pays, New Fees For Medicare Lab Work

Roll Call reports that big labs - including ones like Quest Diagnostics - are unhappy with a Senate Finance Committee proposal to increase taxes for labs that perform Medicare services.

The tax would raise $750 million a year to help pay for health care reform. "Although Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) did agree to drop (a) co-payment issue (for beneficiaries), the panel ended up proposing an annual fee, or tax, on the labs, most likely based on each lab's revenue."

A similar backlash is also going on against a proposal to levy $4 billion in annual fees on the medical device industry, Roll Call reports (Ackley, 9/10). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.