FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—We thank House and Senate members for protecting health care access for vulnerable patients by agreeing to extend a delay of deeply damaging cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.
Today’s House vote on a spending package and Senate support will avert the harm sure to result from a $4 billion payment cut for hospitals that care for millions of low-income people. With rising numbers of uninsured and profound regulatory threats to Medicaid on the horizon, Congress wisely chose to extend the DSH cut delay and fund other programs central to the nation’s health care safety net.
Now, we must turn to longer-term relief for essential hospitals and their patients. Lawmakers already have demonstrated strong bipartisan support for repealing at least two years of Medicaid DSH cuts. We urge Congress to approve a repeal as quickly as possible and lift the cloud of uncertainty from essential hospitals and the people and communities they serve.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.