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Delay Medicaid DSH cuts, hospitals ask lawmakers
Modern Healthcare

Hundreds of hospitals around the country have signed a letter to congressional leaders asking them to delay cuts to Medicaid supplemental funding for the care of the uninsured and low-income patients.

More than $18 billion in cuts for the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding are expected to take effect between 2014 and 2019. Those cuts were mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed with the expectation hospitals would deliver less uncompensated care because all states would expand Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level.