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Hospitals push back on proposal to extend cuts

The Hill, February 11, 2014
Hospital groups are pushing back on a proposal from House Republicans to extend the Medicare sequestration cuts as part of a bill to raise the debt ceiling. The idea from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would "undermine care for seniors" and add to onerous reductions already facing Medicare providers, a coalition of hospital groups wrote in a letter to lawmakers Monday. "Medicare is meant to assure seniors' access to needed medical care, not serve as a piggybank for other programs," the letter stated. "We urge you to reject this proposal, which will jeopardize health services for seniors."