Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pulling Out the Stops on Provider Assessments

As we blogged earlier, AHCA has taken a strong stance on the Congressional proposal to offset subsidies with the Stafford student loan program by reducing the Medicaid provider tax threshold from 6% to 5.5%, a move that could severely affect many states with provider assessment rates above 5.5%.

In a special video, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson explains the issue and urges members to take action by writing to their Member of Congress (MOC), meeting with their MOC during the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing, or hosting a facility tour.

In addition to launching a dedicated webpage on the issue, AHCA is running “inside the beltway” advertisements so that MOCs and other decision makers in Washington D.C. make the connection that cutting the provider assessment rate is the wrong way to address the student loan issue. The first ad can be found in the print edition of The National Journal and reads:

In the wake of state budget shortfalls, this cut would be yet another unfunded mandate and jeopardize our fiscal recovery. While there is a need for major Medicaid reform, misguided directions only hurt our most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens.

AHCA is pulling out all the tools in our advocacy arsenal to address this issue before July 1st, and we need your help. Make sure that your lawmakers back home and in Washington know your opinion by taking advantage of one of the multiple opportunities to make your voice heard.

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