To galvanize support for a delay in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment reductions slated for Oct. 1, 2017, America’s Essential Hospitals has spearheaded a letter that urges Congressional leaders to address the significant funding cuts.

The letter was signed by the association and 20 other national organizations.

In addition to Medicaid DSH, the letter encourages Congress to take action to avert major funding disruptions in:

  • the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • community health centers;
  • the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program; and
  • the National Health Service Corps.

Funding cuts to these programs will negatively impact hospitals, children, seniors, new mothers, rural and underserved patients and communities, clinicians, and health centers. A failure to renew these investments in a timely manner would increase health care costs overall and eliminate coverage and access to care for millions. Each of these programs have bipartisan support, as evidenced by an overwhelming vote in both chambers last year.

Contact Shawn Gremminger, director of legislative affairs, at sgremminger@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0112 with questions.