Cara Welch, Colorado Hospital Association
CHA Statement on Proposed Budget Cuts
Date March 22, 2017
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) issued this statement about the proposed state budget cuts to the Hospital Provider Fee:
The cuts to the Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) in the original budget at $195 million were unsustainable and risked coverage and access for Coloradans. The Joint Budget Committee recommended an event steeper at $264 million. With the federal match, this totals $528 million in cuts to Colorado hospitals. Cuts this deep don’t mean just cutting services or eliminating positions for a few employees – it will mean hospitals closing in Colorado, something that has not happened since the early 1990s.
CHA has been working with stakeholders to explore any and all solutions to this budget crisis – including moving the HPF into a separate fund. That idea has gained support from both Republicans and Democrats, and according to the state’s Attorney General is permissible under TABOR.
“While the Colorado Hospital Association and its member hospitals and health systems are sensitive to the budget crisis faced by our state, balancing the state budget every year should not be done on the backs of patients. Colorado's hospitals – especially those in rural parts of the state – play a crucial role, not just as caregivers, but as employers, economic engines and community partners. A budget cut that eliminates these partners will be a death knell for rural communities and devastating to our state,” said Steven Summer, president and CEO, Colorado Hospital Association.
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.