October 18, 2013


Watch Out

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

When Congress agreed to temporarily reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling, it set up several new fiscal flashpoints – and opportunities for more hospital funding cuts. By Dec. 13, a budget conference is tasked with resolving differences in the House and Senate budget resolutions passed earlier. At the same time, sequester relief could be on the table; we’d welcome relief for hospitals, but hospitals could be eyed as a source of replacement savings. We also need a physician payment fix to avoid large cuts. Then Congress must agree on how to fund the government after Jan. 15 and to lift the debt ceiling after Feb. 7. If all this makes your head spin, you will understand why it’s critical for legislators to hear the voice of hospitals over the next several months. Our Oct. 29 Advocacy Day is an important opportunity to do just that, and I hope you will join us in Washington.

Thanks,
Rich

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