A Gift Not Under The Tree

Good morning, ProviderNation.

Hope your Festivus was the best ever.

Just in case you didn’t get everything on your list, the Congressional Black Caucus has a late gift for you: The group is taking up the cause against provider tax cuts.

In an open letter to President Obama, the group says its members “are troubled by how the proposed reductions likely would not only sustain, but exacerbate many of the long-standing racial and ethnic health disparities that have a devastating impact on the health and wellness of African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.”

The letter, dated Thursday, is signed by Caucus Chair and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, (D-Mo.), as well as the Virgin Island’s delegate, Donna Christensen.

“We are also deeply concerned that the proposed reductions would hit the nearly nine million individuals who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits—known as dual-eligibles—the hardest,” the letter says.

You’ll recall that House Republicans briefly flirted with the idea of cutting provider taxes last week, but thought the better of things after a frank exchange of views with long term care advocates.

Everyone we’re talking to says that we’re going over the fiscal cliff no matter what happens, but advocates have been working hard to remind Washington types that provider assessments are, um, not to be touched.

So sometimes even symbolism is fun.

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