May 15, 2023
More than 225 federal lawmakers—including 11 from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation—are calling on their colleagues to prevent harmful cuts to safety-net hospitals.
In a letter today to House leaders, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers urged action to avert pending cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program that are set to take effect on October 1.
“Preserving Medicaid DSH payments is critical to protecting the sustainability of rural and urban safety net hospitals that care for communities where accessing vital health care would otherwise be a challenge,” Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, said in a statement with the release of the letter today.
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP applauds members of the delegation for supporting Pennsylvania’s hospitals. Signing the letter were Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1), Brendan F. Boyle (D-2), Dwight Evans (D-3), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-5), Chrissy Houlahan (D-6), Susan Wild (D-7), Matt Cartwright (D-8), Daniel Meuser (R-9), John Joyce (R-13), Guy Reschenthaler, (R-14), and Chris Deluzio (D-17).
The full letter is available to review online.
HAP strongly urges Congress to prevent Medicaid DSH cuts. The Medicaid DSH program remains an important tool in providing essential financial assistance to hospitals that care for our state’s most vulnerable populations. For more information, contact John Myers, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy.
Tags: Access to Care | Federal Advocacy | Rural Health Care | Hospital Sustainability
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