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Statement on President’s FY 2019 Proposed Budget


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

WASHINGTON — While we appreciate the administration’s proposals to curb opioid addiction, improve mental health and veterans care, and respond to disasters, we find this budget plan unacceptable for the damage it would cause to health care for millions of Americans.

The nation’s safety net cannot sustain the dramatic cuts in this proposal to Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs on which low-income working Americans and their families depend.

We have serious concerns about proposals for the 340B Drug Pricing Program that appear to restrict program participation and impose administratively burdensome new reporting requirements. Rather than help hospitals now suffering from Medicare cuts to 340B payments, these changes would drive the program further from its goal of helping essential hospitals stretch scarce resources.

The threat to the health care safety net is worsened by the proposal to expand cuts to hospital outpatient departments and large-scale reductions in graduate medical education spending. We urge the administration and Congress to protect funding for hospitals that care for those who face financial hardships and that deliver trauma care, emergency preparedness, health care workforce 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 325 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.

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