August 07, 2023
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators―led by Bob Casey and supported by John Fetterman―is calling on their colleagues to prevent cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.
The Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program provides payments to hospitals that serve a high proportion of Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients. The payments are essential for hospitals to offset their uncompensated care costs from treating low-income patients.
In a letter to Senate leaders published Friday, 51 U.S. Senators highlighted the value of the DSH program across the nation.
“Cuts of this magnitude could undermine the financial viability of hospitals, threatening access to care for the most vulnerable Americans,” the Senators wrote. “It is essential that we continue to protect those who have come to rely on the services provided by Medicaid DSH hospitals.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Earlier this year, more than 225 U.S. House lawmakers—including 11 from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation—also wrote a call to action to their colleagues to prevent harmful cuts to the program.
HAP thanks Senators Casey and Fetterman for taking part in this important effort. The letter is available to review online.
For questions, contact John Myers, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy.
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