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75 Groups Urge Congress to Extend Vital Health Care Programs, Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON — In a letter today to House and Senate leaders, America’s Essential Hospitals and more than 70 other organizations called on Congress to reauthorize and fund programs and policies vital to health care and the nation’s health care safety net.

The 75 groups called for swift action on seven programs and policies lawmakers left out of a Jan. 19 continuing resolution that funds the government through Feb. 8 and that extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program by six years. Those programs and policies are:

  • Community Health Center Fund
  • Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment funding
  • Medicare Therapy Cap Extension
  • Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program
  • Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
  • National Health Service Corps
  • Physician Fee Schedule GPCI Parity Policy

Lapsed funding or authorization for each “has placed in jeopardy health care services for seniors on Medicare and patients in underserved communities, resources for health care providers in rural communities, and programs aimed at training primary care physicians,” the groups wrote. They sent the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

The letter notes that all the programs and policies “enjoy strong bipartisan support and many have been approved for reauthorization and funding by the appropriate committees of jurisdiction, during the current Congress.”

“The continued lack of predictable funding for these programs and policies stands to negatively impact the lives of millions of people and communities all across the nation,” the organizations said in their letter.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our 325 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care.

Contact:
Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202.585.0102

 

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