Inside D.C.: AHA Annual Meeting and clarification on Bipartisan Budget Act

February 16, 2018

Join us in D.C. for the AHA Annual Meeting!

The American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting is fast approaching. We strongly urge you to consider attending the meeting. Join us May 6-9 as health care leaders come together to discuss the latest in health care policy and the political environment in Washington, D.C.

Key members of Congress and the Trump administration will address the group, as will prominent media personalities. The highlight of this conference is meeting with our congressional delegation to advocate on key federal priorities.

Once again this year, WSHA and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems will jointly sponsor several events — including a special briefing — and host a dinner for attendees. WSHA will also schedule visits with the congressional delegation for hospital leaders.

The full schedule and registration information are available at the AHA website. Please email Wendy Ray at WSHA ( if you are planning to attend.

Clarification on sequestration

In the frenzy and confusion leading up to enactment of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018, we incorrectly reported that Medicare sequestration was repealed for FY 2018-2019. Here’s what really happened as part of the BBA: Congress raised the caps on federal spending but excluded the increase from the figure used to calculate the amount of money sequestered in FY 2018 and 2019. That led some to interpret the bill as eliminating sequestration altogether for these two years. This was not accurate.

Hospitals are not affected by the sequestration language (meaning the 2 percent cut remains in place), and we apologize for the confusion this created. The BBA also extended sequestration for two years, through March 2028.


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