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Category Archives: backstop

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Stands Up for Seniors Against Medicare Cuts

February 10, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Backstop, FAH News, Medicare

The entire bipartisan South Florida Congressional delegation signed a letter this week urging the Administration to abandon a budget proposal that would hurt low-income seniors by cutting a critical Medicare provision.

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Rep. Comstock “Troubled” Over Proposed Medicare Cut that Would Hurt Seniors

January 14, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Backstop, Medicare

Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10) recently joined a growing list of lawmakers who are urging the Administration to reject a budget proposal that would hurt low-income seniors by cutting a critical Medicare provision.

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Rep. Swalwell urges HHS to Protect Seniors, Reject Medicare Cut

December 21, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Backstop, Medicare

Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) recently joined a growing list of lawmakers who are urging the Administration to reject a budget proposal that would hurt low-income seniors by cutting a critical Medicare provision.

Rep. Swalwell sent a letter last week to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing his “concern” regarding proposed drastic cuts to Medicare payments to hospitals. In it he explained how seniors would be hit hard by a budget proposal that reduce those payments from the current rate of 65% to just 25%.

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Senator Dean Heller Urges HHS Secretary Burwell to Protect Medicare Backstop in Nevada

October 22, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Backstop, Medicare

This week, Senator Dean Heller urged HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to revisit the proposed cuts to Medicare bad debt payments, or the Medicare “backstop”, in the FY2016 budget. The letter underscores the critical importance of this safety net for protecting Nevada’s seniors. Senator Heller explains: “My concerns relate directly to the impact this proposal could have on Nevada’s 38 community hospitals and the seniors who rely on their care. Cuts to Medicare “bad debt” payments from the current level of 65 percent to 25 percent, would disproportionately affect seniors that are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In my home state of Nevada, dual eligibility in 2013 accounted for nearly 60 percent of bad debt incurred.”

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