January 25, 2013
While the 'American Taxpayer Relief Act' pulled the nation back from the edge of the so-called 'fiscal cliff,' it only did so temporarily.
In the coming months, the 113th Congress faces looming fiscal deadlines that could critically affect America's hospitals. On the critical issue of raising the debt ceiling, the House this week approved a bill that would allow the government to keep borrowing through May 18. The Senate acts next, amid promises by both chambers to pass a budget resolution by the April 15 deadline.
On March 1, the automatic 'sequester' cuts including the 2% reduction in hospitals' Medicare funding from the 2011 'Budget Control Act' kick in, and on March 27, the continuing resolution that funds the government for the fiscal year 2013 expires.
We need your voice in Washington. Legislators are drowning in facts; only you can bring understanding about the impact cuts would have on health care delivery.
Plan to attend an AHA Advocacy Day. Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 13 and Feb. 26. You'll have the opportunity to meet with your legislators and talk to them directly about the challenges facing your patients and your community. Make it personal plan to be in Washington next month.