Yesterday, several hospitals stood up on behalf of their Medicaid patients and the communities they serve to say that the recently-enacted state budget violates federal law and should be stopped. As hospitals have been saying for months, this budget will have a devastating impact on the patients and communities they serve. The ability of hospitals to serve Medicaid, uninsured and all patients will be seriously threatened as they cope with and try to absorb over $250 million in spending reductions that were enacted as part of this budget.

Hospitals understand the economic challenges our state is facing and have long sought to create a responsible budget that would spur economic growth, create jobs and maintain essential services to our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Unfortunately, the recently-enacted state budget is simply too great a burden to bear for hospitals, their patients, and the communities they serve.

To read NHHA's entire statement, click here