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HANYS Advances Federal Advocacy Efforts to Counter Growing Threat of Cuts

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HANYS is urging members to contact their members of Congress throughout the August congressional recess and into the fall to ask them to protect hospitals and health systems from additional reimbursement cuts as the nation approaches the “fiscal cliff” at year’s end.

HANYS’ members are encouraged to plan to attend one of the American Hospital Association’s upcoming federal advocacy days in Washington, D.C., with particular attention focused on the December date around which HANYS expects congressional activity to peak.  AHA registration and information on accommodations are available online.

New York’s hospitals and health systems are already subject to $22 billion in cuts over the next ten years as health care reform, the 2% Medicare reductions that begin next year under sequestration, and other legislated and regulatory policies are implemented.  Providers are at risk of further cuts to offset the cost of deficit reduction, an extension of the Medicare “physician fix,” the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, efforts to reduce defense sequestration cuts by shifting cuts to other sectors, and other pending congressional business.

HANYS continues to urge the New York State Congressional Delegation to reject calls to reduce Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals and health systems as end-of-year negotiations proceed and encourages HANYS’ members to urge the Delegation to speak with congressional leadership about the need to protect hospitals and health systems.  

To assist members in their federal advocacy efforts, HANYS developed advocacy tools, including HANYS’ 2012 Federal Advocacy Priorities—the latest list and description of the threats facing hospitals and health systems in the coming months.  Contact: Chelsi Stevens

Published August 16, 2012