November 4, 1997
The Administration supports House passage of H.R. 1836, which would improve the
administration of sanctions against unfit health care providers under the
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The Administration, however, has
concerns with a provision in the bill that increases physicians payments under
the Physicians' Comparability Act from $20,000 to $30,000 per year. The
Treasury/Postal appropriations act just extended this authority for three years
by continuing the current law's maximum bonus of $20,000 per year, as
requested by the Administration. The Administration will work with the Senate
to address this issue.
H.R. 1836 would affect both direct spending and receipts; therefore, it is subject to the pay-as-you-go requirement of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. OMB's preliminary scoring estimate of this bill is zero.