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NAPH congratulates president, seeks to advance support for safety net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

WASHINGTON—”The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems congratulates President Obama for winning a second term as the nation’s chief executive.

“As the president turns to the important work ahead for health care, deficit reduction and other challenges, NAPH offers its support as a resource for his administration and Congress. We look forward to advancing policies that protect and enhance access to high-quality health care for society’s most vulnerable people.

“We appreciate the administration’s continued attention to the needs of safety net hospitals, which provide care to all, regardless of ability to pay. Achieving health care reform’s goal of broad coverage expansion must remain a national priority, for the good of patients and the country’s future.”

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About the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)
NAPH represents the nation’s safety net hospitals and health systems, which provide high volumes of care to low-income individuals. These facilities offer high-quality health services for all patients, including the uninsured and underinsured, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to helping ensure access to health care for all Americans, safety net hospitals provide many essential communitywide services, such as primary care, trauma care, and neonatal intensive care. Safety net hospitals also train many of America’s doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. Since its inception in 1980, NAPH has cultivated a strong presence on Capitol Hill, with the executive branch, and in many state capitols. NAPH advocates on behalf of its members on such issues as Medicaid, Medicare, and access to health care services for vulnerable populations. For more information, visit our website at http://www.naph.org/.

Media Contact:
Carl Graziano
202.585.0102

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