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John Castellani, the head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, notes support for health overhaul but says efforts to change Medicare Part D program and companies’ control of biologic drugs "would do serious harm to our industry."
In announcing the delay, the administration says it will give businesses time to comply and allow the government to consider simpler solutions.
The report says that the administration "has many key activities remaining to be completed."
President Obama's 2014 budget plan includes a number of money-saving changes to Medicare, some of which have triggered concern from patient and provider groups.
The administration budget request also includes $2 billion in grants to states for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Federal funding for Medicaid is untouched but doctors, hospitals and other Medicare providers will see a 2 percent reduction.
A bipartisan House bill and an effort by GOP leaders seek to stop the threats of drastic cuts each year.
Although Medicare and Medicaid will be largely unscathed in the March 1 sequestration, other health-related efforts including medical research, mental health treatments and drug approvals face reductions.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who helped create the Children’s Health Insurance Program and fought to protect the social safety net, says he will not seek reelection in 2014.
In a letter to governors, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says states that expand Medicaid must cover people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to get enhanced funding.