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On the Hill: MFAR Threatens Medicaid Access, State Finances

America’s Essential Hospitals encouraged member hospitals this week to share their concerns about the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and their House and Senate members.

In an Action Alert, we highlighted how the rule would disrupt the Medicaid program for essential hospitals and their patients. An accompanying Our View position paper details how the MFAR would threaten the stability of state budgets; narrow and weaken the Medicaid program; and, ultimately, erode access to care for millions of Americans.

We encourage America’s Essential Hospitals members to submit by Feb. 1 comments to CMS detailing the proposed MFAR provisions would harm your hospital.

House Health Care Hearings

The House this week returns to legislative business after a one-week break and will hold two health care committee hearings.

The House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health will hold a Jan. 28 hearing on infant and maternal health. Senior leadership from the March of Dimes, the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and the National Birth Equity Collaborative are slated to testify.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a Jan. 29 hearing on safety and transparency of food and drugs. The committee will review several bills related to food and drug safety and will feature two panels of witnesses.

Impeachment Trial Continues

Meanwhile, the impeachment trial continues this week after House prosecutors spent three days presenting their opening arguments to the Senate jurors . The president’s legal team began its defense in an abbreviated session over the weekend and will continue to present its case against the impeachment articles throughout the week.

At the end of opening arguments, the Senate likely will vote on whether to consider additional witnesses and new evidence in the case against the president.

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Erin Delaney is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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