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S. 610 (117th): Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act

A bill to address behavioral health and well-being among health care professionals.

Sponsor and status

Timothy “Tim” Kaine

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Virginia. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Mar 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 10, 2021

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 10, 2021.

Pub.L. 117-71

29 Cosponsors (19 Democrats, 8 Republicans, 2 Independents)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Tester Statement on Vote to Protect Montana Health Care Providers from Medicare Cuts [press_release]
    — Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 9, 2021

Hyde-Smith votes against vehicle for debt limit increase
    — Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith [R-MS] on Dec 9, 2021

Mullin Slams Reckless Extension of Debt Limit
    — Sen. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK] on Dec 7, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 610 will add $135 million in new spending through 2031.
Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, representing thousands of clinicians, educators, researchers and healthcare workers from 76 of the nation’s most prestigious academic medical centers and health systems, asks members of the 117th Congress to pass S.610/H.R.1667 - Dr. …

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 3344: Protecting the American Taxpayer and Medicare Act

Introduced on Dec 8, 2021. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6143: Supporting Health Care Providers During the COVID–19 Pandemic Act

Introduced on Dec 7, 2021. 100% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 4, 2021

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May 25, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Aug 6, 2021
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 7, 2021
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 7, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Dec 9, 2021
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

This vote include a procedural change to allow an increase in the statutory debt limit through a subsequent bill, as well as other provisions related to Medicare. A yea vote …

Dec 10, 2021
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 610 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 610. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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