Media Statement

California Could Lose 78,000 Jobs if Medicare Cuts Are Implemented

A report issued today details the effects of job losses on the health care industry as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending mandated by the federal Budget Control Act of 2011. California would be the hardest hit state in the nation if sequestration is allowed to take effect Jan. 1, 2013, according to the report released by the American Hospital Association, in conjunction with the American Medical Association and American Nurses Association. The report states California will lose 50,000 jobs within the next year and more than 78,000 health care and other related jobs by 2021.