Catholic Health Association Deeply Disappointed With the Administration's FY2009 Budget Proposal

Feb 05, 2008, 00:00 ET from Catholic Health Association of the United States

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sister Carol Keehan, DC,
 president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of
 the United States (CHA), issued the following statement in response to the
 Administration's budget proposal.
     We are deeply disappointed with the Administration's FY2009 budget
 proposal, which outlines devastating cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid
 programs that would harm beneficiaries and undermine the health care safety
 net. With the numbers of uninsured and underinsured continuing to rise,
 this is no time to cut back on vital health care services that so many of
 our nation's vulnerable populations rely on. CHA continues to be concerned
 about the growing number of uninsured children, especially those eligible
 but not enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
 due to budget limitations. While the President's proposal assumes the
 continuation of the program through 2013, it is unclear whether the
 proposal would even provide enough funding to maintain coverage for
 children currently enrolled in SCHIP.
     Additionally, given the uncertain economic future, we had hoped that
 the President would have outlined adequate funding for important
 discretionary spending programs that provide housing and other services. We
 are grateful that many members of Congress have expressed the desire to
 craft a budget that will go in a fundamentally different direction, and we
 look forward to working with lawmakers to pass a budget that reflects our
 nation's values and concern for the less fortunate.
     The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in
 1915, supports the Catholic Health ministry's pursuit of the strategic
 directions of mission, ethics and advocacy. As the nation's largest group
 of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is
 committed to improving the health status of communities and creating
 quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more
 information, visit the CHA website at

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