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Bill would delay ACA DSH cuts until FY 2016

May 9, 2013

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) today introduced the DSH Reduction Relief Act (H.R. 1920), AHA-supported legislation that would delay for two years cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “The [ACA] contains reductions to the DSH programs based on the assumption that many of the uninsured and underinsured would receive coverage under the law,” said AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack. “However, the Supreme Court’s decision that the federal government could not compel states to expand their Medicaid programs has negatively impacted projected health insurance coverage. The DSH Reduction Relief Act of 2013 will help hospitals and the patients they serve by delaying the Medicaid and Medicare DSH funding cuts for two years. This will allow for coverage expansions to be more fully realized.”