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WASHINGTON — A House panel is exploring holding a vote on scaled-back versions of two major health care bills that would expand Medicare’s coverage of cancer screening tests and hugely popular weight loss drugs, five sources familiar with the planning told STAT.

Full Medicare coverage for both items has broad bipartisan support, but the expansion has been hampered by the likely exorbitant price tags to the federal government. If the House Ways and Means Committee is able to scale back the measures to a more palatable price point, it could increase their chance of passage.

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