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Hospital Spots Push Back Against Payment Cuts

As Congress and the White House continue to struggle over reducing the deficit, a coalition of hospitals and hospital associations launched a second broadcast commercial warning lawmakers not to target them.

The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care is spending $1 million this week on a broadcast campaign that asks Congress to leave hospitals out of any plans for cutting federal funding. Hospitals agreed to billions in Medicare cuts as part of the health law and are worried about facing further spending reductions. The hospitals ran an initial ad last month.

The new ad is scheduled to run on national cable channels and in at least 12 cities, including Pittsburgh and Las Vegas, and may run multiple weeks, says Federation of American Hospitals spokesman Richard Coorsh.

Members of the coalition include the AHA, the Federation of American Hospitals, National Association of Public Hospitals, HCA and about two dozen other groups.

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