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ICYMI: Arizona Governor Op-Ed Urges Congress to Protect Rural Care in any ACA Repeal by Restoring Hospital Medicare Cuts

January 23, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Affordable Care Act, Financing, Health Care Delivery, Legislation, Rural

Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently penned an op-ed that appeared in The Daily Courier in Prescott and the Camp Verde Bugle entitled -  Rural health care a critical component of reform.

In the commentary, he outlines how important rural hospitals are to people in Arizona and nationwide:

“We don’t want to see rural Arizonans lose access to care or have to travel unacceptably long distances to get life-saving medical treatments which would create a serious problem, especially in emergency situations, where seconds and minutes can make the difference between life and death.

“In the last decade or so, Arizona has already lost three rural hospitals. As part of the repeal of Obamacare, there must be a patient-focused, common-sense replacement that also protects the viability of our rural health care providers.”

Gov. Ducey also echoed FAH’s message to Congress when he urged lawmakers to include in any repeal legislation critically important restoration of hospital Medicare and Medicaid cuts.  

“This means that legislation that repeals Obamacare, must also repeal the Medicare and Medicaid hospital reductions embedded in the law to ensure our community hospitals have the resources they need to meet their public health and safety mission on behalf of Arizona citizens. It stands to reason that just as policymakers are likely to rescind the hundreds of billions of dollars in Obamacare taxes imposed for the sole purpose of funding this massive law, they should similarly rescind the “hospital tax”, specifically the hundreds of billions of dollars in scheduled reductions to inflation updates and the Medicare and Medicaid DSH payments that help Arizona’s hospitals care for uninsured, low-income, and disabled Americans.”