January 10, 2014


Dangerous Precedent

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

I hope 2014 is getting off to a strong start for all of you. It looks like another volatile year in Washington. Already, reports indicate the Senate is considering extending the sequester cuts to mandatory spending – including Medicare – until 2024 to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits. Please see our Legislative Alert and urge your legislators to reject this proposal now. Using critical health care dollars to pay for other programs is a dangerous precedent and heightens concerns about what could happen when the short-term physician payment fix and Medicare extenders expire March 31. This is just the beginning; look for our Winter Legislative Advocacy Agenda next week, which lists potential threats and how we hope to provide relief to hospitals. We know you are facing a huge array of implementation and regulatory changes, and we are looking forward to working with you to save funding for hospital services in the weeks ahead.

Thanks,
Rich

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