Washington, D.C. — Medicaid is the single largest source of health insurance for children in the country, covering more than 37 million pediatric lives. Children’s hospitals provide a strikingly disproportionate share of Medicaid care to these children; over half of all patients treated in these pediatric hospitals are on Medicaid. With Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2019, we commend congressional leaders in the House for demonstrating their bipartisan support for delaying these harmful cuts.
Medicaid DSH payments are critical to the financial sustainability of children’s hospitals, enabling these pediatric facilities to continue their mission to serve all children, advance pediatric research and education, and improve community health. Children’s hospitals provide care to children on Medicaid at a financial loss. DSH payments don’t remove these losses, but reduce them and keep the Medicaid program viable for children and families.
On behalf of children’s hospitals and the families we serve, we ask Congress to delay Medicaid DSH cuts and keep Medicaid strong for children — the future of our country.
About the Children's Hospital Association
The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.