February 08, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team
Category: Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Rural
The Mayors of five Arizona cities recently penned an op-ed that contained a simple message for those in Washington – ACA repeal must also restore Medicare funding for hospitals.
“Cutting Medicare years ago hurt hospitals. Not restoring that funding now would be disastrous for cities and patients,” the mayors of Scottsdale, Mesa, Yuma, Prescott and Chandler wrote in the Arizona Republic.
The op-ed lays out the importance of hospitals in each of their communities – from the impact on jobs and the economy to the vital care they provide to patients.
“Mayors make difficult decisions that directly affect the lives of their citizens each and every day. As leaders in our own communities, we are calling on our counterparts in Washington to make what we view as an easy decision — restoring Medicare hospital reimbursements, so all Arizonans have access to quality health care, and those who deliver it can keep their jobs,” they wrote.
Their fear is that no action could lead to facilities cutting back on services or closing all together.
The mayors echoed FAH’s message when they urged federal legislators to include in any repeal legislation critically important restoration of hospital Medicare and Medicaid cuts.
“We respectfully call on our federal delegation to stand up for Arizonans by voting to strengthen Medicare. Cutting Medicare funding was an error made years ago that wreaked havoc on Arizona hospitals. It would be an even bigger mistake for our lawmakers not to act now.”
The piece was co-signed by Mayors Jim Lane (Scottsdale), Doug Nicholls (Yuma), John Giles (Mesa), Harry Oberg (Prescott), and Jay Tibshareny (Chandler).