Proposed Cuts to Federal Health Care Programs

CHA issued a media statement today recognizing the critical need to reduce the federal deficit, but also raising serious concerns with both President Obama’s and House Republican leaders’ plans to have federal health care programs for the poor and elderly shoulder too much of the burden.

While in Washington, D.C., this week for CHA’s California Congressional Action Program, more than 50 health care leaders met with almost all members of the California congressional delegation to show that hospitals are committed to efficiently delivering quality patient care. However, the more than $12 billion in uncompensated care last year is hampering their ability to do so. Shortfalls in Medicare and Medicaid payments pose serious challenges to hospitals today. Additional cuts as outlined in the House budget resolution and President Obama’s plan are unsustainable.

I hope you will join me in opposing these additional cuts. Today’s media statement is attached. For additional information, please reference the April 7 CHA Advocacy Alert at www.calhospital.org/advocacy-alert-4-7-11, and CHA federal issue papers at www.calhospital.org/ccap-issue-papers-2011.