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AHA Statement on Medicaid Moratorium Contained in the Iraq Supplemental Bill

Last night, Congress provided welcome relief from a misguided proposal that would have weakened the health care safety net that 57 million children, elderly and disabled depend upon.  That’s good news for patients and families.

The bill contains a one-year moratorium that delays reductions to Medicaid funding -- $3.8 billion over five years.  The bill also puts on hold another problematic CMS plan to eliminate federal payments for training tomorrow’s physicians under the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.

We applaud Congressional leadership for recognizing that harsh spending cuts will not solve Medicaid’s problems.  Instead, we need a continued dialogue with input from Congress and caregivers on the front lines of patient care to ensure continued access to those in need and to ultimately provide for a better health care system.

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