A bipartisan group of representatives and senators signed letters to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure urging the agency to revise the inadequate inpatient payment proposal for federal fiscal year 2023 to more accurately reflect the cost of providing hospital care to patients and communities.
The House and Senate letters express concern that CMS’ proposed rule does not fully account for the current cost of care despite the unprecedented inflationary environment and ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency and, coupled with other proposed policy changes, would result in an overall payment reduction for hospitals.
In the House of Representatives, 112 members — including 12 members of California’s congressional delegation — signed the letter. The letter from the Senate was signed by 30 senators, including Sen. Alex Padilla.
CHA thanks the following members of the congressional delegation for supporting California’s hospitals:
- Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
- Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44)
- Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
- Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46)
- Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
- Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-8)
- Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
- Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38)
- Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
- Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)
- Sen. Alex Padilla (CA)
CHA thanks members for their engagement on this important issue.