AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to rescind the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation:
“The AAMC appreciates yesterday’s announcement from CMS to withdraw the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). The MFAR rule would have unnecessarily and unreasonably added significant burden on states and localities to fund their Medicaid programs and ensure access to patients, particularly during the current public health crisis. We would like to thank CMS Administrator Seema Verma for her willingness to engage with stakeholders on this issue in response to the concerns raised by this proposal regarding the consequences for patients.
A reduction in federal Medicaid funding would be disastrous for patients and the hospitals, health systems, and faculty practice plans that care for them. We look forward to continuing to work with the administration, Congress, patients, and other health care stakeholders to ensure that access to health care and public health services are stable and supported when our patients and communities need them most.”