Messages to Congress
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NAUH conveys its support to House members for key provisions in HR 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act: renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a two-year delay in implementation of mandatory cuts in Medicaid DSH allotments to states. For this reason, NAUH asks House members to seek a bipartisan agreement to adopt and pay for these important measures.
Citing the significant number of uninsured people it would create, its failure to address the challenge of people with pre-existing medical conditions, its failure to repeal Affordable Care Act Medicare and Medicaid payment cuts to hospitals, and its proposed reduction in the ability of states to use provider tax to fund their share of their Medicaid costs, NAUH asks members of the Senate to oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Johnson bill.
The administration has proposed major reductions in Medicare payments for prescription drugs covered by the section 340B prescription drug discount program and in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments to states. In a message to all members of the House of Representatives, NAUH asks members to sign onto two bipartisan letters being circulated by House members: one to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asking for the withdrawal of the 340B proposal and one to House leadership encouraging the swift passage of a bill delaying Medicare DSH cuts for two years.
In response to a request from the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee for suggestions from stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of Medicare services and eliminate statutory and regulatory obstacles to more effective care delivery, NAUH urges the committee to require CMS to continue using the low-income days proxy for 2013 and not use S-10 uncompensated care data until the S-10 form’s instructions have been improved and until the quality of the data hospitals report on an improved S-10 can be verified through audits.
In response to a request from the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee for suggestions from stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of Medicare services and eliminate statutory and regulatory obstacles to more effective care delivery, NAUH urges the committee to compel CMS to withdraw its proposed changes in reimbursement for prescription drugs purchased by hospitals under the federal government’s 340B prescription drug discount program.
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