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Rep. Collin Peterson

Peterson says health care reform may help balance out Medicare

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WILLMAR -- The health care reform debate this year may provide a chance to change a system of uneven Medicare reimbursements to health care providers, according to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.

"This is going to be hard," Peterson, D-Minn., said in a telephone interview Thursday from Washington.

Medicare provides hi-gher reimbursements to providers in states with less efficient health care systems, most notably California, Texas, Florida and New York.

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