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But finding a way to finance the SGR replacement may be even more difficult.
The provisions in the law are designed to help insurance companies adjust to the new markets, but Republicans warn that the program could turn out to be costly for taxpayers.
Former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, known for his aggressive investigations, has been one of his party’s central figures in health care.
Capitol Hill committees appear close to replacing the controversial physician payment system that rewards doctors for volume with one that offers incentives for quality and coordination of care.
The insurance plan, which serves thousands of people with medical problems who could not get coverage elsewhere, had been slated to end at the end of the month.
Congressional staffers are among those most likely to experience changes in their coverage options as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
The proposal would keep physician pay at current levels but offer them incentives for quality improvements.
The health law gives consumers until March 31 to sign up for health insurance, but it may be weeks before coverage begins. So the administration says it will not penalize anyone who signs up by that date.
Lawmakers have until Dec. 13 to reach agreement under legislation ending the shutdown of the government and raising the debt ceiling.
This little-known provision of the health law has been --at times -- in the Senate negotiations on the budget.