FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2014
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON – “America’s Essential Hospitals thanks Reps. Johnson and Butterfield and the other members of today’s newly launched State Medicaid Expansion Caucus for putting patients first – especially those least able to afford needed health care services.”
“We join the caucus in calling on states that have rejected Medicaid expansion to do the right thing now. Failing to expand Medicaid puts the health and well-being of many millions at risk and undermines the economic vitality of these states. It also jeopardizes the ability of essential hospitals to provide vital community services, such as trauma care, disaster response, and physician training.”
“We already have seen success enrolling more than 7 million people in Medicaid and other reform law coverage, and our hospitals will continue to vigorously support these important efforts – just as they will continue to care for the uninsured and underinsured.”
“It is our job now to support them and finish the work started by expanding Medicaid in all states. The cost of not doing so is simply too great, both in health and economic terms. We look forward to working with the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus to achieve this critical goal.”
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, 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. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our more than 220 members are vital to their communities, providing primary through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals 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. Visit EssentialHospitals.org to learn more.