Prior to the May 22 expiration of the current delay to Medicaid DSH cuts' effective date, the House and Senate are expected to negotiate an additional package of Medicaid "extenders."
In addition to further DSH cut relief, it is crucial any Medicaid legislation include language implementing a key Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recommendation on "Medicaid shortfall/third party payment." The recommendation addresses the treatment for purposes of calculating DSH of Medicaid-eligible individuals who have another source of coverage, such as private insurance or Medicare.
While May 22 may seem distant, it is important to raise these issues with lawmakers now, particularly with members of the Senate Finance and House Energy and Commerce Committees. Please utilize the talking points above in your messaging.
CHA contact: John Knapp