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ACT NOW: House Could Vote Next Week on Bill That Would Cut Billions to Hospitals and Jeopardize Access to Care

The House of Representatives as soon as next week could consider the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act (H.R. 5378), a bill that includes site-neutral payment cuts and detrimental provisions focused on hospital price transparency, among other issues. The bill also delays the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts for two years.

While the AHA supports the proposed Medicaid DSH cut relief, the bill also includes significant payment cuts. It also would saddle hospitals and health systems with additional, burdensome administrative requirements. See the letter sent to House leaders today/this week.

The vote, which could happen under suspension of the rules requiring two-thirds majority to pass, could occur sometime next week so it is imperative that hospital and health system leaders act now. See AHA resources and talking points that can assist you in conversations with your lawmakers.

For more details, review AHA's Dec. 6 Action Alert.

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The AHA Political Action Committee (AHAPAC) allows eligible hospital leaders to make voluntary donations toward the support of federal candidates of both political parties who support the hospital policy agenda. AHAPAC is bipartisan, working with state hospital associations and others.

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AHA Advocacy Alliance were created to help you engage your legislators on specific issues that have a direct impact on your ability to continue providing quality health services in your community. Alliance activities include special briefing calls and emails to keep members up-to-date on key developments, breakout sessions at AHA Advocacy Days, direct member outreach and other issue-specific resources.

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Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

Support the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care was formed to protect access to the best quality health care for all Americans. We are a community of more than one million people who recognize the important role hospitals play in communities all over America, and advocate on their behalf to elected officials in Washington who too-often put funding for paitent care on chopping block.

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The AHA Advocacy Alliance for the 340B Program focuses primarily on promoting the value that the 340B program provides to hospitals, patients and communities, as well as preventing attempts to scale back this program. For more information, click here.
Building on the AHA's extensive work on behalf of small and rural hospitals, this alliance focuses on extending key Medicare provisions that would otherwise sunset, including the low-volume hospital payment adjustment, the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program, Section 508 reclassifications and the outpatient hold harmless. In addition, the alliance will continue to work to protect Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospital designations.
The Site-neutral Advocacy Alliance focuses on ensuring adequate payment for the higher level of care capability that hospitals provide in the outpatient setting and for post-acute care providers. It also monitors payment reduction proposals for other care sites.