Guaranteeing Access to Care for America’s Vulnerable People
Washington continues to operate in an environment of fiscal austerity. Deficit reduction measures have taken center stage as the driving force for how federal funds are appropriated. Because of this, many lawmakers are focusing on entitlement programs and how they can be reformed to restore fiscal balance. Amid these efforts, the future is now uncertain for Medicaid and other funding streams that ensure access to care for vulnerable people.
America's Essential Hospitals members work with underserved populations and have seen first-hand the benefits that health insurance coverage provides, including coverage through both the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Our members also recognize that, as health care costs continue to rise, we must find innovative ways to stem these increases while improving the quality of care. These discussions will almost certainly include proposals to dramatically alter Medicaid and Medicare to address the financial challenges associated with preserving a viable, long-term, high-quality health care system. As Congress discusses reforming these programs, America's Essential Hospitals will continue to urge policymakers and lawmakers to ensure that America’s most vulnerable people can continue to access the care they need.
America's Essential Hospitals will actively advocate against any proposals that would jeopardize the mission of its members – to provide high-quality care for all.
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