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Hospitals blast proposed cut in jobless benefits debate

The Hill, January 14, 2014
Hospital trade groups are pushing back against a proposal to pay for the extension of jobless benefits with another cut to Medicare providers. The American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and America's Essential Hospitals argued Monday that extending some sequester cuts into 2024 would "jeopardize health services for seniors." "While we do not oppose the extension of [unemployment] benefits, we do oppose using Medicare reductions to pay for non-Medicare related spending," the groups wrote in a letter to senators. "Medicare is meant to assure seniors' access to needed medical care, not serve as a piggybank for other programs." Negotiations continue in the Senate about how to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.