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ECH joins call to avoid sequester

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, center, speaks with Elizabethtown Community Hospital CEO Rod Boula, left, and Jim Forcier, President of the ECH Board of Directors, left. Boula said that if the federal government allows the, "sequester," to happen, cutting federal funding to programs like Medicare, hospitals like ECH would suffer.

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, center, speaks with Elizabethtown Community Hospital CEO Rod Boula, left, and Jim Forcier, President of the ECH Board of Directors, left. Boula said that if the federal government allows the, "sequester," to happen, cutting federal funding to programs like Medicare, hospitals like ECH would suffer. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— HANYS said that recently, 6,135 jobs have been lost from hospitals and health systems since 2010.

They added that if Congress fails to reach an agreement to delay sequestration, most federal programs will face significant cuts March 1. Medicare cuts, capped at 2 percent, would go in to effect April 1. These cuts total $2.13 billion for New York State hospitals. HANYS’ analysis of how these Medicare cuts will affect specific facilities can be found here.

Boula said that just the threat of cuts is enough to make him worry.

“Even the continued threat of cuts makes it incredibly difficult to plan for the future needs of the community,” he said.

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