FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — Today’s budget proposal would harm the people who need help most: low-income working Americans, struggling families, the poor elderly and disabled, and many millions of others.
Like the American Health Care Act, which would drain more than $800 billion from Medicaid, this budget’s proposal to cut $610 billion from the program demonstrates little regard for people priced out of other coverage options.
But the budget doesn’t stop there. It also would strip more than $190 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The loss almost certainly would contribute to hunger and food insecurity, putting children and others at risk and increasing health care costs for conditions linked to poor diet.
The magnitude of cuts to health care programs and agencies in this budget would undermine important work to protect communities of all stripes from existing and emerging health threats, such as opioid addiction, infectious diseases, and chronic conditions. The cuts would limit research, putting lifesaving therapies farther out of reach, and drive hospitals and other providers to scale back basic and specialized services.
During his campaign, the president committed to protect Medicaid. We remind him now of that promise and ask that he work with us and all stakeholders on policies that modernize and improve federal health programs and ensure no American suffers from lack of access to affordable care.
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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.