March 5, 2002

The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson

Secretary

Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW- Room 615

Washington, DC 20201

Ref: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform; Request for Public Input (67 Federal Register 599),

January 4, 2002

Dear Secretary Thompson:



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March 1, 2002

The Honorable Kent Conrad

Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget

624 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

As you know, 40 million Americans are without health care coverage, including many poor individuals not eligible for public programs. In addition, employers face escalating costs for private coverage, jeopardizing their ability to provide coverage. We are writing to urge that the Budget Resolution include a significant financial commitment so these complex issues can be addressed.



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A coalition of hospital groups is suing HHS to block changes to a Medicaid upper payment limit (UPL) for safety net hospitals. The groups filed suit today (March 7) to halt implementation of a CMS rule to reduce the UPL for non-state government owned or operated hospitals from 150 to 100 percent. The rule change is scheduled to go into effect March 19.



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