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Texas hospitals fight healthcare cuts

By Paul Barr
Posted: March 29, 2011 - 3:00 pm ET

The Texas Hospital Association, Austin, is urging members of the state House of Representatives to not cut state funding of healthcare, ahead of a probable vote on a budget bill this week.

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The THA opposes proposed budget cuts in the bill that include: a 10% cut in Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals, physicians and nursing homes; Medicaid cost containment measures of about $225 million; a $13 million reduction in funding of trauma centers; and an almost $35 million reduction in a nursing shortage fund, according to a THA news release.

“The proposed budget before the House cuts into the core. Hospital services—and jobs—will be lost, and not just temporarily,” Dr. Dan Stultz, president and CEO of the THA, said in the release.

The House vote is planned for April 1, while the Senate’s version of a budget bill is still being worked on at the committee level, said Amanda Engler, spokeswoman for the THA. Hospital members will be contacting state House members on the matter.

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