More than 100 leaders representing more than 250 hospitals and health systems across the country signed on to a letter asking Congress to protect Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments. The Affordable Care Act cuts federal Medicaid DSH funding by $500 million in fiscal year 2014, with larger cuts scheduled in subsequent years. America’s Essential Hospitals sent the letter Monday to Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA). The association is promoting the letter with a news release and print and online advertisements in major Capitol Hill publications this week.
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