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 www.chausa.org.
SOURCE Catholic Health Association of the United States