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Budget Deal Is Welcome Relief for Vulnerable Patients, Essential Hospitals


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON—Congress made the right choice this morning for patients and communities by voting to halt damaging cuts to hospitals that care for low-income working families and others who face financial challenges.

We thank House and Senate lawmakers for delaying these cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments. Their laudable bipartisanship on a two-year delay gives hospitals and policymakers time to find a long-term solution to uncompensated care costs, which threaten access to care in communities nationwide.

We also appreciate that Congress has put the Children’s Health Insurance Program on sound footing and shored up support for community health centers—both are key parts of the nation’s health care safety net.

Essential hospitals provide high-quality care for all people, regardless of their health needs and financial and social status. To continue meeting this mission, these hospitals need stable, sustainable federal support. We look forward to working with Congress toward that goal.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals 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. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our 325 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional 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.

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