Urge Congress to Delay Medicare Sequester Cuts

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Action needed:

Urge your representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to delay the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts to health care providers. CHA has submitted a letter to the delegation that may be used as a model for members’ letters.

To find your representatives’ contact information, visit www.house.gov/representatives/find


Contact representatives this week, before Friday, March 19.


Although paused by Congress in last year’s COVID-19 relief legislation, the 2% cut to all Medicare payments – known as sequestration – is scheduled to resume April 1.   

The House will vote Friday, March 19 on a bill, H.R. 1868, to further delay the 2% Medicare cut through the end of 2021. The legislation also includes technical corrections that will protect provider-based rural health clinics. The bill will need 60 votes to pass in the Senate, providing an opportunity for hospital priorities — including additional financial relief — that were not part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed by the President on March 12.    

Contact your representatives and senators and urge them to support H.R. 1868 to delay the 2% Medicare cut for the remainder of this year. Eliminating these cuts would provide critical financial assistance to hospitals and health systems on the front lines of the pandemic.