Since 2011, the Congress and Administration have wrestled with how to reduce the federal deficit and/or raise the debt ceiling. During that time, the Congress has also wrestled with finding dollars to extend other popular provisions (Social Security payroll tax holiday) or stop unpopular provisions (Medicare physician payment cuts). For each of these situations, proposals cutting hospital payments have surfaced from Members of Congress, the Administration or commissions tasked with finding savings. With Medicare and Medicaid as significant cost-drivers in the federal budget, the Wisconsin Hospital Association anticipates hospital cuts will continue to percolate in the coming year as Congress looks for funding sources for other priorities.
Read about hospital/health system payments targeted and WHA’s positions on them: Federal Hospital Cuts Issue Paper - Jan 2013 and Major Hospital Payments Targeted To Date.
Link to WHA infographic that illustrates the depth of the cuts: Hospital Cuts Infograpic
Find information on the American Hospital Association’s efforts: AHA's We Care. We Vote. page
Stay up-to-date by joining WHA’s grassroots action network, HEAT: WHA's HEAT Grassroots Advocacy page
Find many more resources by logging onto WHA’s Comprehensive “Protect Hospital Care” site below. If you need the user ID/password, please contact Jenny Boese at firstname.lastname@example.org