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Minorities Would Be Hit Hardest By Medicaid Cuts, Study Says

Medicaid cuts implemented as part of deficit reduction would have a greater impact on minorities than other groups, according to a new study by the organization Families USA. The study analyzed the rate at which minorities suffer from cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and heart disease and found that African-Americans and Latinos would suffer disproportionately from cuts in federal Medicaid spending. Read a summary of the report and find a link to the full study here

States Lobby “Supercommittee” to Spare Medicaid

State officials are urging the congressional “supercommittee” to spare their Medicaid programs from major federal spending cuts. State officials from both sides of the political aisle are increasingly working together to lobby the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reject cost-cutting proposals that would hurt their state budgets.  At the same time, many of those officials are supporting proposals to introduce new, money-saving ways to serve so-called dual eligibles – people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Read a Reuters account of the states’ efforts here

President’s Proposal Includes Bad News for Urban Safety-Net Hospitals

Reduced Medicare bad debt reimbursement.  Lower medical education payments.  Tighter eligibility requirements for inpatient rehab care.  Rebased Medicaid DSH payments.  These are all among the $320 billion in health care cuts proposed in the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction released earlier this week – and together, these and other proposed cuts would be bad news for urban safety-net hospitals. In all, President Obama’s proposal calls for $248 billion in Medicare cuts over ten years and $72 billion in Medicaid cuts over a similar period of time.  The Medicaid cuts include new limits on the provider taxes that [&hellip

Supercommittee: To Act or Not to Act on Medicaid?

Would it be better for urban safety-net hospitals if Congress failed to adopt any Medicaid proposals offered by the congressional supercommittee (the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction)? If Congress rejects the committee’s proposals, a number of federal spending cuts automatically take effect immediately – but Medicaid is exempt from those cuts. Or does it make more sense for Congress to tackle Medicaid, once and for all? Read an interesting Kaiser Health News blog that addresses this issue

NAUH Urges “Supercommittee” Members to Reject Damaging Medicare, Medicaid Proposals

NAUH wrote to the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to urge members to reject any Medicare and Medicaid deficit reduction proposals that come before the committee that would jeopardize the ability of private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals to continue serving their communities as effectively as they have for so many years.  In particular, NAUH urged committee members to reject proposals that would reduce or eliminate Medicare bad debt reimbursement; reduce Medicare indirect medical education (IME) and direct graduate medical education (DGME) payments; reduce Medicaid eligibility, benefits, or payments to providers; or reduce Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) and [&hellip

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