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Loud and clear: More than 300 U.S. House members call for delay of Medicaid DSH cuts

302 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including 26 of New York's 27 House delegation members, signed a HANYS-supported bipartisan letter led by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) and Pete Olson (R-TX) that urges congressional leaders to delay the impending Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts for at least two fiscal years.

“We applaud Rep. Engel’s long-standing leadership to protect our hospitals and the vulnerable patients they serve,” HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, said in a press release issued on Monday. “We are grateful that once again Rep. Engel and nearly the entire New York congressional delegation have led this bipartisan fight to protect New York hospitals and oppose these misguided cuts to federal Medicaid DSH funding.”

Unless Congress takes action, starting on Oct. 1, New York's hospitals and health systems will be subject to $7 billion in cuts over 10 years. Congress has recognized the need to maintain current federal Medicaid DSH payments by taking steps to prevent these cuts from taking effect six times.

HANYS will continue to work closely with the American Hospital Association and all of our other state and regional advocacy partners in Washington to prevent the impending Medicaid DSH cuts from going into effect. Contact: Elyse Oveson

Published May 17, 2019