[NHeLP] Providers and Hospitals Weigh in to Protect Medicaid

As Democrats and Republicans in Congress pursue negotiations on raising the debt ceiling, the future of Medicare and Medicaid remains a top concern.  According to The Hill, Republicans appear to have temporarily dropped their calls for replacing Medicare with subsidies to buy private insurance. The GOP’s $750 billion in cuts to Medicaid, however, remain in play as part of a debt-ceiling deal.

Adding to the uncertainty, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is expected to unveil a budget proposal this week, and Vice President Joe Biden will convene a second meeting today of a group of legislators to talk about deficit reduction. President Obama will also get involved in talks later this week, meeting with Senate Democrats on Wednesday and Senate Republicans on Thursday.

Meanwhile, providers and advocates continue to voice their opposition to Medicaid cuts. Attached is a letter to Senate leadership from the Partnership for Medicaid, a nonpartisan, nationwide coalition made up of organizations representing doctors, health care providers, safety net health plans, counties and labor.  The letter opposes both a Medicaid block grant and federal spending cap arguing that such changes would likely result in cuts to benefits, decreases in provider rates, limits on eligibility and barriers to access to care.  The letter was signed by:

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Dental Education Association

American Health Care Association

American Public Health Association

Association for Community Affiliated Plans

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Medicaid Health Plans of America

National Association of Children’s Hospitals

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of Counties

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

National Center for Assisted Living

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Hispanic Medical Association

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Cate Hodgetts
Staff Attorney
National Health Law Program

“Securing health rights for those in need”

1444 I Street NW, Suite 1105

Washington, DC 20005

202-289-7661

www.healthlaw.org

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