As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines March 10 to pass the $1.9 trillion stimulus package the Senate approved over the weekend. The hours of debate before the House vote were filled with partisan talking points, but little notice was given to the Congressional Budget Office’s prediction that the legislation likely would trigger a full 4% Medicare sequester next year. Now on its way for President Joe Biden’s signature, the American Rescue Plan also failed to continue the moratorium – which expires April 1 unless Congress extends it – on the 2% Medicare sequester that’s been in force since 2012 as a national debt control effort. The CARES Act, the first COVID-19 stimulus package that was passed last May, put the sequester on hold until Jan. 1. In response to requests from several health care organizations, Congress extended the hold in December for three more months.