FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2013
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—”Today’s Bloomberg Government report on Medicaid expansion underscores the uncertain and deeply troubling future for vulnerable patients and the hospitals that care for them.
“Congress must act immediately to delay impending cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments—that much is clear. In the face of a projected coverage shortfall of 7 million people, there can be no justification for saddling hospitals with deep reductions in federal funding support for care of the uninsured.
“Millions of patients with nowhere else to turn rely on essential hospitals—those with a safety net role—for vital health care services. Communities also depend on these hospitals for trauma care, disaster, response, workforce training, and other services that benefit all. Medicaid DSH funding provides a lifeline for these people and communities.
“America’s Essential Hospitals and its members remain committed to realizing the Affordable Care Act’s promise of expanded access to health care and will continue to work with Congress and the administration to achieve this goal.”
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our more than 200 members are vital to their communities, providing primary through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Visit EssentialHospitals.org to learn more.