More than 300 members of the U.S. House have joined a letter to House leadership urging a delay in Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share payments (Medicaid DSH).
The bipartisan letter notes that hospitals that receive Medicaid DSH funds cannot absorb the loss of revenue such a cut would bring. That cut, scheduled to begin in FY 2020, would amount to a $4 billion reduction in nation-wide Medicaid DSH spending in FY 2020 and an $8 billion reduction in each of FY 2021, FY 2022, FY 2023, FY 2024, and FY 2025.
NASH was actively involved in urging House members to join the letter. If implemented, the Medicaid DSH cuts would be especially harmful to NASH members and all private safety-net hospitals – and to the low-income residents of the communities they serve.
See the bipartisan letter seeking a delay of Medicaid DSH cuts here.