FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON – America’s Essential Hospitals appreciates the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposals to extend support for Medicaid coverage and access, enhance mental health services, fight antibiotic resistance and opioid abuse, and bolster emergency preparedness.
We also welcome provisions to improve drug pricing transparency, broaden the scope of Medicaid drug rebates, and support drug price negotiation in Medicaid and Medicare Part D. These measures can help control escalating drug prices and reduce the cost burden on vulnerable patients.
But some administration proposals would undermine the work of essential hospitals to care for all in their community – especially low-income and other vulnerable patients. The proposed cuts to Medicare bad debt reimbursement, indirect medical education, and outpatient drug payments will strain the ability of our hospitals to deliver care to disadvantaged patients and underserved communities.
The nation’s essential hospitals urge the administration and Congress to protect funding for hospitals that care for those in need and that deliver trauma care, emergency preparedness, physician training, and other communitywide services. We commit to working with policymakers to ensure all patients and communities have access to the vital services they need.
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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 275 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 essentialhospitals.org.