CHA and the California Medical Association (CMA) today sent a joint letter to the California congressional delegation urging Congress to eliminate or delay Medicare cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
CHA and CMA asked delegation members to support legislation that would both extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts and prevent the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) sequestration — which would further reduce Medicare payments by 4% — from taking effect at the end of the year. In addition, CHA and CMA also asked for support for stopping the additional 3.75% Medicare physician cut.
These three cuts would result in as much as a 10% payment cut to the nation’s hospitals and physicians — specifically, $1.1 billion in cuts to California’s hospitals and roughly $85 million in cuts to California’s physicians — and represent a significant and devastating financial burden during an extraordinary public health crisis, and threaten access to care for all Californians.
CHA encourages member hospitals to send this message to their specific congressional representatives.