COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare could lose $5 million a year in funding under the American Health Care Act that Congress is scheduled to act on this evening, according to Dr. Vance Brown, the system’s president/CEO.
Referring to a state Health Department analysis released yesterday, Dr. Brown said “that loss may be understated, as the analysis … was limited to hospital-based inpatient and outpatient services. It does not take into account Bassett’s non-hospital based regional clinics.”
COOPERSTOWN – The American Health Care Act, proclaimed as a replacement for Obamacare, is “stealth” legislation that doesn’t do what its supporters purport it will – and they know it.
Former Bassett CEO Bill Streck delivered that message today at a daylong symposium of the Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners at The Otesaga. The LCHP includes all providers of health-related services locally, from Springbrook and Pathfinder Village to LEAF.
“It’s getting harder and harder to pretend: It’s just a bad bill,” he said. Congress is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.
Streck, now chief innovation officer for HANYS (the state Hospital Association), outlined three example of how the ACHA (Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act) doesn’t do, or even intends to do, as a prospective replacement to the ACA (Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act):