Consumer and health groups are protesting government proposals to cut Medicaid health care funding by about $30 billion over the next ten.
The organizations wrote a joint letter to members of Congress on Thursday to voice their opposition to the cuts. The proposed regulations will cut Medicaid payments to hospitals and other state-run facilities. The rules will also limit the types of rehabilitation services which are made possible by federal state funding, such as assisting mental illness patients. The letter to Congress has also been sent to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the White House.
â€œThese proposed regulations come on top of more than $25 billion in Medicaid cuts earlier this year. Our most vulnerable families can't afford more health care cuts,â€ Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA said.
Organizations involved included the American Public Health Association, Consumers Union, Child Welfare League of America, Families USA, National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, National Health Law Project, Service Employees International Union, The Arc of the United States, and United Cerebral Palsy.