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Continuing Advocacy

By Rick Pollack
October 30, 2015

Congress has passed an $80 billion bipartisan budget agreement that funds the government, lifts the debt ceiling and avoids a premium increase for some seniors. While the budget deal will ensure the government’s doors stay open, we’re deeply disappointed that it creates some restrictions on payments for care at new provider-based hospital outpatient departments, eroding a service vital to many sicker, poor, minority and senior patients, especially in rural communities. We worked to ensure some flexibility, and limits to the site-neutral provision; for example, it only applies to future arrangements, not those now in place. And we’ll urge Congress to make further changes in the coming weeks. We’ll also continue advocating on issues important to hospitals, including insurance consolidation, graduate medical education, regulatory relief and rural health priorities, among others. We need your help to ensure federal legislators understand how their actions affect the communities you serve – and they represent.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Richard J. (Rick) Pollack is the President and CEO of the American Hospital Association.

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