Category Archives: backstop
February 10, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team
The entire bipartisan South Florida Congressional delegation signed a letter this week urging the Administration to abandon a budget proposal that would hurt low-income seniors by cutting a critical Medicare provision.
January 14, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team
Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10) recently joined a growing list of lawmakers who are urging the Administration to reject a budget proposal that would hurt low-income seniors by cutting a critical Medicare provision.
December 21, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team
Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) recently joined a growing list of lawmakers who are urging the Administration to reject a budget proposal that would hurt low-income seniors by cutting a critical Medicare provision.
Rep. Swalwell sent a letter last week to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing his “concern” regarding proposed drastic cuts to Medicare payments to hospitals. In it he explained how seniors would be hit hard by a budget proposal that reduce those payments from the current rate of 65% to just 25%.
October 22, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team
This week, Senator Dean Heller urged HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to revisit the proposed cuts to Medicare bad debt payments, or the Medicare “backstop”, in the FY2016 budget. The letter underscores the critical importance of this safety net for protecting Nevada’s seniors. Senator Heller explains: “My concerns relate directly to the impact this proposal could have on Nevada’s 38 community hospitals and the seniors who rely on their care. Cuts to Medicare “bad debt” payments from the current level of 65 percent to 25 percent, would disproportionately affect seniors that are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In my home state of Nevada, dual eligibility in 2013 accounted for nearly 60 percent of bad debt incurred.”
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