FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made the right decision today for the nation’s safety net and millions of low-income people by formally withdrawing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR).
We thank CMS Administrator Seema Verma for recognizing the need for a better analysis of the proposed regulation’s potential effects. We cannot afford unintended consequences that harm the safety net—especially now, as essential hospitals and other front-line providers battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn drives rising Medicaid enrollment.
MFAR would have badly undermined the support essential hospitals depend on to provide access to affordable, high-quality health care. Congress understood this, and we thank House and Senate members for raising bipartisan concerns with the administration. As we turn to a new administration and Congress, we call on policymakers to work with essential hospitals to preserve and enhance Medicaid and equitable access to care for all people.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.