CHA News Article

Congress Extends Medicare Sequestration to Fund Veterans Benefits
President is expected to sign bill

A bill that extends sequestration for mandatory spending – including Medicare spending – through 2024 passed the U.S. House of Representatives late yesterday and the U.S. Senate today. The House passed the bill by a vote of 326-90, while the Senate voted 95-3. The California delegation voted as follows: Reps. Bera, Capps, Chu, Cook, Costa, Denham, Ehsoo, Farr, Garamendi, Hunter, Issa, LaMalfa, Lofgren, Lowenthal, McCarthy, McClintock, McKeon, Gary Miller, Nunes, Peters, Rohrabacher, Royce, Schiff, Sherman, Swalwell, Takano, Valadao, and Vargas voted yes; Reps. Bass, Becerra, Davis, Hahn, Honda, Lee, Matsui, McNerney, George Miller, Napolitano, Negrete-McLeod, Pelosi, Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez, Speier, Thompson, Waters, and Waxman voted no. Rep. Loretta Sanchez voted present, and Reps. Campbell and Cardenas did not vote. Both Sens. Boxer and Feinstein voted yes. The President has indicated he will sign the bill into law.

CHA extends its appreciation to members who responded to yesterday’s advocacy alert, urging hospital executives to contact their congressional representatives about this bill. CHA strongly opposes using Medicare reductions to pay for non-Medicare related spending. Medicare is intended to assure seniors access to necessary medical care, not as a piggy bank for other programs. It is poor policy to further extend Medicare sequester cuts that could undermine care for seniors.