WASHINGTON (AP) — As Vice President Joe Biden and congressional negotiators hunt for budget cuts, major Medicare changes that could squeeze billions in savings got a boost Wednesday from a nonpartisan panel of experts that advises lawmakers.

Those changes are already under consideration in the budget talks, officials say.

One idea would revamp Medicare's outdated copayments and deductibles to provide better protection against catastrophic expenses, but it could lead to seniors paying a bigger share of the cost for some everyday services. The goal is to save taxpayers money by discouraging overtreatment.

The impact on individual seniors is less clear. Few details are available, but such changes could create winners and losers.

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