Reps. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Phil English (R-Pa.), along with 220 other House Democrats and Republicans, have signed on to a letter urging the House Budget Committee not to cut Medicare and Medicaid funding as it puts together its budget resolution next week.
The letter, which originated from the American Hospital Association, points out a number of growing cost pressures that hospitals must face in light of ever-decreasing Medicare operating margins. The letter also urges lawmakers to include an inflation update for hospitals and refrain from recommending any cuts in hospital spending in Medicare or in Medicaid.
On Thursday, the Senate Budget Committee approved a spending blueprint that included $50 billion above baseline in SCHIP funding and left out provisions that would reduce Medicare reimbursement to providers. -- by Matthew DoBias