SNAP has asked Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation in Washington to support a bill before the House that would delay planned cuts in Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid DSH for two years.
H.R. 1920, the DSH Reduction Relief Act of 2013, would delay cuts mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
SNAP’s letter to the delegation notes that
These DSH cuts are scheduled to begin…before the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid and insurance expansion provisions can even begin to have an effect; as you know, moreover, there currently is no plan to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania. In addition, the administration recently announced a one-year delay in the reform law’s employer health insurance mandate. Together, Medicare DSH and Medicaid DSH cuts will amount to millions of dollars worth of reductions in payments that safety-net hospitals like ours need to serve their communities, and they would be coming at a time of great ambiguity as implementation of this aspect of the Affordable Care Act gets under way.
Read SNAP’s letter to the PA congressional delegation here.