Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, contacted the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Energy and Commerce to strongly object to the proposed payment cuts to Hospitals by Medicare and Medicaid. The letter had 228 signatures of Congressmen from both Parties.
The letter to the Chairmen stated that the recently proposed cuts to the Medicaid program will have a severe impact on more than 57 million Americans who rely on the program for their health care. It will also tie the hands of individuals and organizations that serve them. The letter also states that these major policy changes would be going against the expressed intent of the Congress.
On January 18, 2007, Medicaid released a proposed rule (CMS-2258-P) imposing cost limits for public health care providers and altering the definition of "public" status. According to Medicaid, the estimated impact of these changes could reach $3.87 billion over five years.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "At a time when states are working toward expanding health care coverage for the uninsured, Medicaid/Medicare's proposal would unravel the good work that has been accomplished and throw us back a decade in setting up a valid safety net. This is unacceptable and I was very pleased that 227 other Members from both Parties also signed the letter."