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Members Visit Washington for AHA Annual Meeting/HANYS’ Activities

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Dozens of members from hospitals and health systems across New York State joined HANYS, Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS), and New York’s allied associations this week in Washington, D.C., for the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting and HANYS’ briefing and reception for the New York State Congressional Delegation. 

HANYS is grateful to its many members who came to Washington to continue what will be a months-long effort to urge the Delegation to protect hospitals and health systems from increasing threats to Medicare and Medicaid.

The AHA meeting focused on the fact that any new round of Medicare and Medicaid cuts would weaken patients’ access to health care services in communities around the nation.

AHA recognized New York’s grassroots advocate of the year: William Streck, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bassett Health Network in Cooperstown.  Dr. Streck has worked tirelessly alongside HANYS to urge the Delegation to protect access to primary and specialty health care services that dozens of Bassett clinics provide to their communities covering 5,000 square miles.  These clinics and many more like them throughout New York State have come under attack by some on Capitol Hill.  U. S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) led the effort in the U.S. Senate to protect New York’s hospital outpatient departments from deep Medicare cuts thus far.

HANYS congratulates Dr. Streck and will continue its work to urge Congress to allow these clinics to provide the care that often cannot be accessed at any other site in their communities.

HANYS’ federal briefing featured an analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by Catherine Stetson, Partner, Hogan Lovells.  Ms. Stetson is co-director of the firm’s Appellate division and the counsel of record on two briefs filed with the Court on behalf of AHA.  Ms. Stetson delved into the complexities of the case and interpreted the justices’ questions and comments at oral arguments.  The Court is expected to release its decision in June.  Ms. Stetson speculated that the Court will uphold the individual mandate by a close vote, as well as the Medicaid expansion.

After the briefing, HANYS’ members gathered for a reception held in conjunction with all of New York’s allied associations and members and staff of the New York State Congressional Delegation.  Held in the Capitol Visitor Center, the reception was a lively event, and an opportunity to express concerns directly to elected federal representatives, an event which HANYS, HTNYS, and the allied associations will repeat in the coming months.

As New York’s hospitals and health systems are increasingly vulnerable to reductions in Medicare and Medicaid, particularly in what is likely to be a contentious post-election period, HANYS developed new resources to assist members in their advocacy. Contact: Susan Van Meter

Published May 10, 2012