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NAPH Thanks Obama Administration for Strong Commitment to Medicaid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2013

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

WASHINGTON – “NAPH thanks the Obama administration for putting vulnerable patients first by keeping Medicaid off the table in budget negotiations. This is welcome news for the millions of people who rely on the safety net for essential health care services, for their communities and for the hospitals and health systems committed to their care.”

“The president understands the importance of preserving access to care for every person, regardless of economic circumstance. We call on Congress and the states to make this same commitment.”

“NAPH recognizes that the nation still faces severe fiscal challenges. We pledge to continue working with the administration and lawmakers on ways to meet these challenges while also achieving sustainable, affordable health care for all who need it.”

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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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