In March, Congress suspended Medicare sequestration cuts through the end of 2020 under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This swift Congressional action has helped hospitals manage COVID-19 cases through the warmer months.

However, unless Congress acts, these cuts are scheduled to resume on January 1, 2021. As cases and hospitalizations continue to surge – and are expected to worsen in the coming months, we are calling on Congress to continue supporting hospitals, providers and patients by delaying these cuts through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Extending a Financial Lifeline to Caregivers

As COVID cases hit record-shattering rates in our country, Congress has a duty to support health care providers as they care for their patients. Lawmakers can help by extending the moratorium on Medicare sequestration cuts through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Looming Medicare Cuts Threaten U.S. Health Care Providers as COVID-19 Resurges Nationwide

In the context of the ongoing public health crisis, the return of Medicare sequestration could easily undermine the viability of frontline health care providers as COVID-19 case levels reach new peaks. Congress appropriately acted in March 2020 to suspend Medicare sequester cuts through the end of the year under The CARES Act. But with experts now predicting that the COVID-19 pandemic will persist well into 2021, any reduction in Medicare payments during the public health emergency has the potential to disrupt access to care for patients.

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FAH, Broad Health Care Stakeholders Urge Congress to Extend Medicare Sequester Moratorium

FAH, in coordination with a diverse group of health care organizations, is calling on Congress to put patients first during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The U.S. health care system has faced unprecedented challenges, and the pandemic will continue to place financial burdens on our nation’s caregivers for months to come. Now is not the time to cut vital Medicare payments for our frontline heroes.

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We are calling on Congress to continue supporting patients and the health providers who care for them through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Health Care Stakeholders Urging Extension

  • Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
  • American Academy of Dermatology Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Association for Homecare
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • America’s Essential Hospitals
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • America’s Physician Groups
  • AMGA
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • Healthcare Leadership Council
  • National Association for Behavioral Healthcare
  • Premier healthcare alliance
  • Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Vizient, Inc.