Hospital leaders from California joined with their colleagues from around the nation today to meet with their congressional representatives as part of the American Hospital Association and CHA’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. CHA members urged representatives to co-sponsor several crucial CHA-supported bills, including the DSH Reduction Relief Act (H.R. 1920), the Medicare Audit Improvement Act (H.R. 1250) and the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act (S. 1143). Members also shared with representatives the devastating impact any additional cuts would have on health care delivery and access to care for their constituents. Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass a budget that would fund the government for federal fiscal year 2014, beginning Oct. 1, 2013.
It remains unclear what will be included in any Congressional budget, and Congress also will soon face a deadline to increase the nation’s debt ceiling. CHA will continue to advocate against any additional cuts to hospitals in these bills and encourages members to register for its second Advocacy Day on Oct. 29. Hospital leaders are encouraged to register as soon as possible so that CHA may schedule meetings with their representatives. To register, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/7PQW563. Members who have questions regarding Advocacy Day should contact Megan Howard at [email protected] or (202) 488-3740.