Control Spending with Care

Tennessee Citizen Action is a member of The Coalition to Control Spending with Care, a group of 30 Tennessee membership and advocacy organizations that have voluntarily come together to encourage and support sensible fiscal policy at all levels in the U.S.

Today the coalition released a joint statement on the potential serious harm that will be caused by deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid:

“Controlling healthcare spending over the long run is critical in securing our country’s financial future.

However, a narrow focus on just federal health spending will cause serious harm to Medicare and Medicaid patients and their families, while placing tremendous financial pressure on states and providers.

Instead, the patient must be at the center of the discussion, and the focus must be on the drivers of healthcare spending.

Public policy should be aimed directly at: reducing clinically avoidable spending in public insurance programs; increasing patient-centered, integrated and coordinated care; aligning provider incentives to achieve the best long term outcomes for patients; improving administrative efficiency and ensuring adequate coverage across the board for patients.

These policies would yield powerful cost reductions at all levels of care. It is critical that we all work together to produce a sensible solution to the issue.”

We must never lose sign of what’s best for the patient and their families.

Members of the Coalition to Control Spending With Care:

AARP
Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee
Common Cause Tennessee
Hospital Alliance of Tennessee
League of Women Voters
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
National Alliance on Mental Health-Tennessee
National Association of Social Workers-Tennessee Chapter
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians
Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations
Tennessee Citizen Action
Tennessee Coalition for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare
Tennessee Disability Coalition
Tennessee Health Care Campaign
Tennessee Hospital Association
Tennessee Justice Center
Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association
Tennessee Nurses Association
Tennessee Perinatal Association
Tennessee Primary Care Association
Tennessee Public and Teaching Hospitals
The Arc of Tennessee
United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
The Urban League of Middle Tennessee

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