FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—We thank House leaders for protecting low-income patients and others who rely on essential hospitals by supporting a two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding cuts.
The proposed delay would avert the damage these cuts would cause to hospital care for vulnerable people and lifesaving services for communities. Further, the delay would give Congress time to work with stakeholders on a permanent alternative to DSH reductions.
We also applaud the House for moving to extend Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for five years. This vital program has done much to improve the lives of children in low-income families.
We look forward to working with Congress on these and other steps to strengthen the health care safety net. While a two-year DSH cut delay would create needed breathing room, subsequent DSH reductions—especially an $8 billion cut in fiscal year 2021—remain a pressing concern. We urge lawmakers to act in bipartisan fashion to approve the delay and immediately begin work on a sustainable solution to the problem of uncompensated care.
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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.