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Statement on Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — The administration’s budget proposal deepens our concern about the future for patients and for the ability of our hospitals to care for vulnerable people and provide vital, communitywide services.

The proposed cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services budget, which include significant funding reductions for the National Institutes of Health and workforce training, would only add to cost pressures expected under the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

The cumulative effect of this budget and the AHCA could be to undermine the ability of essential hospitals to meet their commitment to patients and communities and weaken efforts to respond to existing and emerging threats to the public health.

As Congress and the administration consider health care and budget bills, we urge them to ensure a strong safety net and continued access to coverage for all Americans.

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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 nearly 300 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. Learn more at

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