History of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care
The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care was formed in 2000 to protect access to the best quality health care for all Americans. The Coalition represents the interests of more than 5,000 community, children’s, teaching, public, religious, rehabilitation, behavioral health, and long-term care hospitals, and their patients.
One-third of all hospitals are losing money. There is a health care work force crisis gripping the country. The Coalition works to ensure speedy action on hospital payment relief legislation. Later in the year, in response to the House Budget Committee endorsing billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid cuts, the Coalition mobilizes to remind lawmakers that Medicare and Medicaid provide critical health care services for our most fragile citizens.
In February and March, the Coalition works to stop the Administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2007 that would cut $36 billion from Medicare and $13.6 billion from Medicaid, because we know how vital these services are to communities and hospitals all over the country.
Throughout the year, the Coalition mobilizes to protect Medicare and Medicaid, including working to keep $20 billion a year in cuts over five years from being included in the final Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. More than 400 members of the House vote against the cuts, but the Administration and CMS ignore them, forcing Congress to pass additional legislation to protect our seniors.
The Coalition fights to prevent $3.7 billion in cuts to hospitals, to make sure patient care could be maintained at all of our community hospitals.
As the debate over the federal deficit rages on, hospitals are at risk of severe cuts. Deep cuts to Medicare and reimbursements to hospitals are on the chopping block. The Coalition works throughout the year to raise awareness for the importance of America’s hospitals and to urge people to call their members of Congress in support of patient care.
In 2013, the Coalition built a digital community capable of advocating on behalf of hospitals and patient care and raising awareness of the serious problems created by continued cuts to hospital funding.