Dec. 18—More than 250 hospitals and health systems wrote congressional leaders in December to stop cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

The DSH program, which was created to offset some of the $40 billion annual cost of caring for uninsured or underinsured patients, is undergoing cuts to offset costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first cuts began Oct. 1 and will reduce DSH payments by $500 million in FY14. But the size and financial impact of the cuts is scheduled to grow in future years.

“If these crippling cuts are not stopped, our hospitals will be forced to curtail essential services, ultimately limiting access to care and cutting jobs,” the hospital leaders wrote to the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over Medicaid.

Publication Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013