In August, I hosted two roundtable discussions at the John and Christina Markey Senior Center in Malden and Harvard Medical School in Boston with representatives from health care and senior citizens' advocacy organizations, to discuss the recent debt deal that could lead to billions in health care cuts.
The debt deal created a bipartisan "Super Committee" tasked with proposing at least $1.2 billion in cuts to federal programs by the end of this year. Healthcare programs, including Medicare payments to hospitals and providers, Medicaid funding for states, and funding for National Institutes for Health research could be significantly cut under the committee's proposal.
I want to hear from you about the situation you are facing every day, especially in light of the hardship many Americans are already battling this year. It is important that Congress understands how important these healthcare programs are to protecting our seniors and families.