Today, the American
Hospital Association (AHA) announced support for the Patient Protection and
Affordable Health Care Act and the improvements that will be made through
reconciliation, which together form the comprehensive health insurance reform
legislation before Congress.
Excerpts from AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock's letter today to
Speaker Pelosi announcing the association's support for the legislation:
"On behalf of the 5,000 members of the American Hospital Association
(AHA), I am writing to express our support for passage of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (H.R. 3590), and the accompanying
changes in the reconciliation bill associated with that measure.
"As hospitals, our goal is to ensure universal coverage for health care
services. Like you, we believe that goal is achievable, and this legislation
moves the nation closer to that goal. We also appreciate the important
provisions contained in the legislation that will provide caregivers with
important tools the quality and delivery of patient services.
"We applaud your strong leadership and your steadfast commitment to
providing health care coverage for so many Americans in need."
The American Hospital Association joins a number of other hospital groups
in supporting the bill, including the Federation of American Hospitals, the
Catholic Health Association (representing Catholic hospitals), the National
Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, and the National
Association of Children's Hospitals.
There are now more than 325 organizations supporting this reform.
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