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Senate Must Finish Work to Protect Care for Low-Income Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

WASHINGTON—The House has left unfinished the work needed to protect access to health care for low-income and uninsured people. Now, we look to the Senate to stand up for these patients, their hospitals, and their communities.

We commend the House for funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but regret lawmakers chose not to extend the same support to hospitals at the center of our health care safety net. By failing to stop deep cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, House lawmakers have jeopardized care for communities across the country.

The Senate must act to halt the DSH cuts and delay further cuts for at least two years. A delay would cost nothing and give hospitals and policymakers time to find sustainable, long-term solutions to uncompensated care costs.

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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.

Contact:
Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202.585.0102

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