Lawmakers Urged to Reconsider Using Medicare Sequestration to Pay for Infrastructure Package

July 20, 2021

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) along with other health care organizations sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership to convey their opposition to an extension of mandatory Medicare sequestration as a pay-for in any infrastructure package. The letter urges lawmakers to reconsider the potential use of Medicare funds included in the bipartisan infrastructure framework.

The letter acknowledges that addressing core infrastructure needs can allow health care providers to continue to serve their communities and patients, however, the groups oppose the extension of mandatory Medicare sequestration as a pay-for in any infrastructure package, as well as the use of Medicare funds to pay for non-health care programs.

America’s health care providers face historic challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which has persisted in parts of the country, and resulted in more than 607,000 deaths. Extending sequestration would add another destabilizing element to health care access after years of cost increases that have not adequately been accounted for in Medicare reimbursement.

ASCO and the other signatories will continue to work with lawmakers to adopt policies that improve equitable access to necessary care during this critical time for the U.S. health care and infrastructure landscapes.

Read the full letter.

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