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Hospital groups urge Senate to support DSH Reduction Relief Act

October 9, 2013

The AHA, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and Federation of American Hospitals today urged members of the U.S. Senate to support the DSH Reduction Relief Act (S. 1555). The bill would delay for two years cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “With the expectation of expanded health care coverage, Congress determined that the level of supplemental payments – such as those provided by the DSH program – would change,” the groups wrote. “...However, the Supreme Court’s decision on Medicaid expansion and subsequent uncertainty regarding the uptake in insurance coverage has reduced the estimate of those who will receive health care coverage to 25 million individuals, rather than the initial projection of 32 million covered lives. As a result, hospitals treating disproportionate shares of [low-income and uninsured] patients will see their payments reduced in ways unintended by policymakers.”