• Issue Brief
  • February 21, 2019

Medicaid DSH Payments Are Critical to Children's Hospitals

Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments are critical to children’s hospitals and their ability to provide health care to all children, regardless of income. Congress created the Medicaid DSH program to provide financial help to hospitals that treat a large number of Medicaid and uninsured patients. The program has and will continue to play an important role for children’s hospitals in addressing Medicaid underpayment.

CHA developed an issue brief describing the importance of Medicaid DSH payments to children’s hospitals and outlining the schedule of DSH cuts expected to go into effect October 1, 2019.