Cuts in Medicaid DSH payments to hospitals will be delayed for another month after Congress passed, and the president signed, a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 20.
A cut in federal Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments to the states is mandated by the Affordable Care Act and has been delayed several times by Congress. If implemented, Medicaid DSH allotments to the states would be slashed $4 billion in FY 2020 and then $8 billion a year through FY 2025.
Cuts in allotments to the states would result in reductions of Medicaid DSH payments to DSH-eligible hospitals.
Medicaid DSH payments are a vital tool for helping private safety-net hospitals care for the low-income residents of their communities. All private safety-net hospitals receive such payments.
The current cut is only temporary and expires when the continuing resolution expires after December 20.