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Statement on Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON—We are extremely pleased to see Sens. Grassley and Wyden have included a repeal of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment cuts in their bipartisan drug pricing bill.

These damaging reductions in federal support—up to two-thirds of all Medicaid DSH funding annually over the next six years—threaten access to care for low-income, working families and others who face financial hardships. Eliminating two years of cuts would ease the uncertainty hospitals face as they consider how to meet their community’s needs and maintain access to care.

We appreciate the senators’ leadership on this issue, and we will continue to work closely with them and their Senate and House colleagues on sustainable ways to ensure all people can get the high-quality care they need.

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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.

Contact:
Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202.585.0102

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