Hospital Groups Urge Obama to Resist Medicaid MOE Cuts

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , March 2, 2011

"A relaxation of the MOE provisions will push many low-income Americans off Medicaid rolls, thereby increasing the number of uninsured – moving us backwards rather than forward towards the ACA's goal of expanded health coverage," the associations said. "Removing people from Medicaid does not keep them from getting sick and will deter them from seeking the care that they need. Further, it shifts the burden of their care from states and the federal government largely onto the nation's hospitals. Hospitals currently provide some $40 billion in uncompensated care and the loss of the Medicaid MOE will only increase this burden on providers."

The letter was signed by representatives from the American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Federation of American Hospitals, National Association of Children's Hospitals, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and VHA Inc.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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