Friday, September 27, 2013

CR Deadline Approaching, Medicaid Provider Assessment Still at Risk


It is a busy week on Capitol Hill and AHCA is tracking every movement. The continuing resolution (CR) has captured the majority of the attention of both legislators and media. The Senate is expected to send a version of the bill which preserves funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) back to the House today, at which point the GOP-led majority will make the ultimate decision over the legislation’s fate.

The CR is not the only issue of importance on the Hill. The focus on CR has taken time away from discussions regarding the debt ceiling, which will now need to be raised by October 17 in order for the federal government to avoid a default. House Republicans are hopeful they will be able to tie spending cuts to any legislation that raises the debt ceiling, including a potential reduction to the provider assessment rate.

In states where the Medicaid provider assessment rate is 6%, there is still a risk that a provision to reduce the rate to 5.5% will make it to the House floor. AHCA is monitoring this closely, as this represents an unaffordable cut to providers in those states. If you live or own facilities in AL, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, ME, MD, MS, MO, NV, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, VT, or WY, please get in contact with your Members of Congress and let them know that a reduction of this size will affect the care millions of patients receive and have a significant impact on skilled nursing centers, as well as thousands of other health care providers throughout the country.

You can see the original alert, released earlier this week, and access a quick link for getting in contact with the Hill here. Contact Matt Smyth, for more information at msmyth@ahca.org or 202-898-2817

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