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Category Archives: sequester

Medicare Hearing: An Important First Step in Protecting Patient Care

May 18, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Medicare, Rural, Sequester

FAH appreciates the leadership of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, specifically Chairman Tiberi and Ranking Member Levin, for holding a hearing about the importance of the Medicare program – present and future. Now more than ever, hospitals need policymakers to stand up for our patients and ensure hospitals will be there for our communities. Our mission is to care for anyone that walks through the door, day or night, but these uncertain times are forcing difficult decisions on scaling back staff and services – ultimately hurting the people and places we serve.

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FAH on President’s FY17 Budget: Proposed Funding Cuts are “Warmed Over,” Weaken Patient Access

February 09, 2016 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, General, Medicaid, Medicare, Sequester

President Obama’s FY17 budget misses the mark. It does offer hope for sustaining and expanding coverage gains. And it lifts the Medicare sequestration - but nullifies any benefit by replacing it with warmed over cuts that would threaten patient access to hospital care for low income Americans and seniors.

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FAH Applauds Passage of H.R. 1295 Removing Medicare Sequester Offset

June 11, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Legislation, Medicare, Sequester

Today, the FAH submitted a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging the passage of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 1295). The FAH applauds the House of Representatives for passing this legislation this afternoon. The House Leadership made the critically important decision to remove the cuts to the Medicare program as a means to pay for aspects of the legislation.

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Federal Funding Cuts To Hospitals Escalate To $142.6 Billion

May 18, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Legislation, Medicare, Sequester

Hospitals are the cornerstones of the communities we serve. Together with our physician partners and other caregivers, we provide life-saving, high quality care 24/7/365. Hospitals need stable revenue streams to continue providing these services, including federal Medicare payments to fund care for the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately, policymakers are continuing to use Medicare hospital payments as a piggybank to fund other health and non-health-related programs which threatens our ability to provide the care our communities need.

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