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America’s Essential Hospitals Asks Congress to Protect Medicare Payments

America’s Essential Hospitals, along with eight other hospital associations, asked Congress in a Jan. 13 letter to oppose a Senate proposal to cut Medicare funding to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits. As previously reported in Newsline, the Senate is considering extending long-term unemployment insurance, which expired Dec. 28, 2013. The hospital groups do not oppose the extension of unemployment benefits, but do “oppose using Medicare reductions to pay for non-Medicare related spending.” The groups state that hospitals have already faced $113 billion in cuts since the Affordable Care Act became law, and it is “bad policy to further extend Medicare sequester cuts that could undermine care for seniors.”

Please contact Shawn Gremminger, assistant vice president for legislative affairs, at sgremminger@essentialhospitals.org or 202-585-0112 with questions.

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