Hospital Advocacy Groups Vow to Lobby Against Budget Deal's Medicare Cuts

The Federation of American Hospitals has asked its network of more than 1,000 hospitals to oppose the recently released federal budget deal, according to a report from The Hill.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the two-year budget plan yesterday. It would extend sequestration cuts, including Medicare pay cuts, that were originally scheduled to end in 2021 through 2023. 

FAH President Chip Kahn told The Hill he expects the proposal will pass, but the group still intends to lobby against the cuts next year. Following the plan's release, he released a statement saying the agreement "sustains bad budget policy" by maintaining and extending "arbitrary Medicare sequester cuts." He wrote members of Congress should oppose the budget deal because it threatens Medicare beneficiaries' access to care.

The Greater New York Hospital Association has also expressed disapproval, sending a memo to members yesterday saying the organization is "extremely disappointed" the agreement will extend sequestration cuts, according to the report.

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