President Trump today submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2020. The budget request, which is not binding, proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years. The budget request also contains a number of provisions related to drug pricing, opioids and other health-related issues.
 
In a statement, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said, “Patients should be confident in knowing that their hospital is their lifeline to access care in their community. The cuts proposed today raise serious concerns about how hospitals and health systems can ensure they serve as the safety net for their patients.
 
“This budget proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to hospital and health system services for seniors under Medicare and Medicaid. This includes cuts to Medicare for care in hospital outpatient departments, teaching hospitals for medical education, post-acute providers, assistance that helps to defray some of the costs of caring for low-income seniors, and cuts to the Medicaid program by redesigning it through block grants or per capita caps.”
 
For more on AHA’s reaction, see the AHA Stat blog.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday issued its June report to Congress on refinements to Medicare payment systems and issues affecting the…
Headline
In this AHA blog Priya Bathija, vice president of strategic initiatives, and Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of clinical affairs and workforce, share…
Blog
The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered the way hospitals and health systems care for patients. Much has been written and said about the pandemic’s…
Headline
Medicare will pay about $75 per dose to administer COVID-19 vaccines in a Medicare beneficiary’s home, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…
Headline
Friday, June 11, marks the last day to apply for the Environmental Services Department of the Year. The national honor from AHA’s Association for the Health…
Headline
The AHA today expressed support for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021 (H.R. 3173), bipartisan legislation that would establish…