Cara Welch, Colorado Hospital Association
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cara.welch@cha.com 

Colorado Hospital Association Opposes Cuts in Proposed State Budget – Again Urges Adoption of the Hospital Provider Fee Enterprise

Date Nov. 1, 2016
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2017-18 budget proposal revealed a predicted $500 million budget shortfall and aims to balance the budget with significant cuts to Medicaid funding through the state’s Hospital Provider Fee (HPF), which supports health care services for vulnerable Coloradans. The proposal includes a $195 million reduction to the Colorado Hospital Provider Fee – a $390 million net reduction in state and federal health care funds. Further compounding these cuts is the fact that 2017 is the year that Colorado hospitals will begin paying the state’s portion ($90 million) of Medicaid expansion authorized under the Affordable Care Act and state law. The following statement is attributable to Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) President and Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Summer:
 
“CHA opposes the $390 million in health care cuts included in the Governor’s proposed budget. Although CHA understands the state’s budget challenges, there are other options. These cuts are untenable and will threaten access to crucial hospital services to those most in need of help. Of equal importance, these cuts are unnecessary; when the legislature reconvenes in January, leadership should act quickly to establish the Hospital Provider Fee enterprise and prevent these cuts from ever taking effect.”
 
 
About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado. Learn more at www.cha.com.

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