CHA News Article

House Budget Reconciliation Bill Includes Cuts to Hospitals

The House passed a budget reconciliation bill yesterday, replacing the defense sequester with further cuts to health care. The bill passed by a vote of 218-199 with the California delegation voting along party lines. Cuts to hospitals include reductions to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, as well as cuts to a number of Affordable Care Act provisions, such as repealing maintenance of effort requirements. While the bill includes CHA-supported reforms to medical malpractice laws, further cuts to hospitals are not acceptable. The White House has issued a veto threat in the unlikely case the reconciliation bill passes in the Senate.