On June 4, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing examining cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, as well as other health programs which require congressional action this year. During the hearing, members from both parties spoke about the important role DSH payments play to hospitals in their districts. However, lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a single legislative approach to preventing the start of the cuts.
The only DSH bill that was formally on the agenda for the hearing was H.R. 3022, introduced in late May by Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., which would repeal the cuts entirely. However, many members from both parties have expressed support for instead delaying the onset of the cuts for two years. CHA submitted a Statement for the Record to the Subcommittee explaining the importance of DSH payments to children’s hospitals ability to care for patients and calling on Congress to prevent the cuts from taking place as scheduled.