A special “super committee” has been appointed by Congress to find $1.2 trillion in cuts to the federal budget. The committee’s deadline is looming, and the details are few.
President Obama has proposed that the committee significantly reduce states’ use of provider taxes to fund Medicaid. This proposal would disproportionately harm Missouri and have a direct effect on health care in West Central Missouri.
For 20 years, Missouri has depended on provider taxes to fund Medicaid — the program that provides care to the elderly, the disabled and the poor. Now, that funding may be under attack.
If the committee adopts the plan to cut Missouri’s provider tax system, the 15 West Central Missouri hospitals could lose $109.1 million over seven years!
Cuts of this magnitude will harm West Central Missouri’s hospitals and economy. Hospitals have been a bright spot in an otherwise dim economy — adding jobs and supporting local communities.
In West Central Missouri, hospitals provide:
- 4,340 quality jobs
- $179.5 million in hospital payroll that is spent locally
In addition, hospitals contribute to:
- 414 construction jobs affected by local hospital construction
- $1.6 million in hotel, gas and food service purchases from patients from neighboring states
Here’s how you can help.
First, sign our petition. If you haven’t done this yet, sign the petition to add your name to those standing up for Missouri’s jobs, hospitals and the state’s economy. West Central Missouri can’t afford these cuts.
Second, write your members of Congress. It’s as simple as just clicking here. From our website, you can write to both of your U.S. Senators and your member of the U.S. House of Representatives telling them to “Say NO!” to unfair cuts for Missouri.
Third, ask a friend to help. Take a moment to share this information with people you know. Ask them to get involved and stand up for Missouri.
Now is the time to make your voice heard.
Herb B. Kuhn
MHA President & CEO