Hospital leaders from throughout California traveled to Washington, D.C., Sept. 11 to deliver the message that hospitals cannot withstand further cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The group, gathering for the first of three advocacy days hosted by CHA and the American Hospital Association, met with nearly half of the California congressional delegation as Congress returned from its five-week recess.
Congress must act on a bill to fund the federal government by Sept. 30. However, Congress is expected to wait until after the November elections to confront the most significant legislative issues, including the end of the current freeze on Medicare payments to physicians, expiration of the Bush and Obama tax cuts and automatic cuts to domestic and defense budgets known as sequestration. Hospital leaders are encouraged to participate in upcoming advocacy days on Nov. 29 and Dec. 11. For more information, visit www.calhospital.org/cha-news-article/register-hospital-advocacy-days-fall.