CHA provides members with full-time representation and advocacy
at the federal level through our Washington, D.C. staff.
Expert analysis and data tools are provided to members through
CHA DataSuite, which includes a full suite of financial tools and
reports to understand the impact of all proposed and final
federal Medicare and Medicaid impacts to hospitals.
In yesterday’s issue of CHA News, an article about CHA’s
member advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., included incorrect
information about pending cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The
article stated that, under sequestration, both programs would
face 2 percent spending cuts. In fact, only Medicare is facing
the 2 percent cut from sequestration. The corrected article is
available at www.calhospital.org/cha-members-advocate-nations-capital-ahead-sequestration-deadline.
As part of a hospital advocacy day hosted by CHA and the American
Hospital Association, hospital leaders from throughout the state
traveled to Washington, D.C., today to meet with more than half
of the California congressional delegation. Congress faces a
number of looming fiscal deadlines, including automatic cuts
known as sequestration, scheduled to take effect this Friday.
CHA is partnering with the American Hospital Association to host
hospital advocacy days on Feb. 13 and Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C.
While the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 pulled the nation
back from the edge of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” it only did
so temporarily. In the coming months, the 113th Congress faces
three looming fiscal deadlines that could critically affect
America’s hospitals. In late February or early March, the country
will face the need to raise the national debt limit; on March 1,
the automatic “sequester” cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act
kick in; and on March 27, the continuing resolution that funds
the government for fiscal year 2013 expires. CHA urges hospital
leaders to attend an advocacy day and help
legislators understand the impact cuts would have on health
care delivery. Please see the attached flyer for more information
about location, schedule and hotels.
As critical federal fiscal deadlines approach, CHA is partnering
with the American Hospital Association to host hospital advocacy
days on Feb. 13 and Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C. In the coming
months, Congress must address an increase in the national debt
limit, automatic cuts known as “sequestration,” which were
delayed until March 1 by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of
2012, and the expiration of the continuing resolution that funds
the federal government for fiscal year 2013. Hospitals remain
vulnerable to payment cuts as each deadline approaches and
compels Congress to make difficult federal budget decisions. It
is important that congressional representatives hear directly
from hospital leaders how these cuts would impact their
Please register as soon as possible so CHA can coordinate visits
with the California congressional delegation. To register,
contact Megan Howard with CHA at email@example.com or
(202) 488-3740. Hotel information will be available in the coming
Measures to curb federal spending by trimming Medicare and
Medicaid payments are options in the current deficit reduction
environment. Providers already face billions of dollars in
Medicare andMedicaid payment cuts. Efforts to further cut
Medicare and Medicaid payments to providers jeopardize access to
high quality healthcare services for America’s seniors and the
poor. True entitlement reform and approaches to change the
healthcare delivery system are needed – not provider cuts.