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On the Hill: 51 Senators Call for Action to Stop Medicaid DSH Cuts

A bipartisan group of 51 senators this week urged Senate leaders to stop an $8 billion cut on Oct. 1 to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding.

The call to action came in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). America’s Essential Hospitals and its members played a key role in encouraging senators to sign the letter.

The Senate letter, led by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), follows a similar communication to House leaders in May. Both letters detailed how Medicaid DSH sustains hospitals that provide safety net care and chronicle previous congressional action to avert cuts.

Committee Activity This Week

Both chambers are out on the month-long August recess and will return in early September.

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Julia Grady is a senior legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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