FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — America’s Essential Hospitals thanks House lawmakers for voting today to continue through year’s end the moratorium on the 2 percent Medicare sequester cut and to waive the damaging PAYGO cut later this year.
These cuts would total 6 percent of federal spending vital to the work of essential hospitals as they care for underrepresented people and continue the fight against COVID-19. The pandemic and its disproportionate impact on communities of color have strained resources at our hospitals, and these cuts would add untenable financial pressure at the worst possible time.
We will continue to work with Congress to avert cuts to Medicare payments.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.