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Will Fiscal Cliff Deal Make Medicare, Medicaid More Vulnerable?

The relative lack of spending cuts included in the fiscal cliff/Medicare doc fix deal passed by Congress last week could increase the pressure to reduce costs in key safety-net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Or so some policy analysts believe. Many members of Congress supported the fiscal cliff bill only reluctantly because of it lacked the bigger spending cuts they sought, the thinking goes.  Now, with another fiscal cliff deadline looming on March 1, when the previously passed sequestration law takes effect, many who compromised last week will be demanding bigger cuts in exchange for their vote. As [&hellip

NAUH Unveils 2013 Advocacy Agenda

The members of the National Association of Urban Hospitals have adopted their advocacy agenda for 2013. The new agenda addresses a variety of issues of great importance to private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals, including Medicare changes brought about through the Affordable Care Act; implementation of the 2010 health care reform law – including major cuts in Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid DSH payments; and more. While the 2013 agenda will provide a touchstone for NAUH’s advocacy during the coming year, the association will remain flexible, responding as appropriate to new policy developments and proposals. Read NAUH’s 2013 advocacy [&hellip

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