FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON – America’s Essential Hospitals welcomes administration proposals to strengthen health care and improve health, including by ending sequestration, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and fighting infectious disease.
But we strongly oppose provisions in the president’s plan that would make damaging cuts to hospitals, which would come on top of more than $120 billion in reductions since 2010.
Essential hospitals, which already operate at a loss on average, cannot withstand more reductions in federal spending. These proposed cuts would jeopardize access to care for low-income patients, as well as trauma care and other vital services to entire communities.
Particularly hard on our hospitals would be proposals to extend for another year cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and to enforce site-neutral payment policies and reduce bad debt payments. And the budget plan’s more than $16 billion in cuts to graduate medical education payments threaten not only our hospitals’ extensive teaching role, but the nation’s supply of qualified health professionals.
We urge the administration and Congress to affirm support for vulnerable patients and the hospitals on which they depend by rejecting measures that would put communities at greater risk of losing access to lifesaving care and services.
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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. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our more than 250 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.