WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of more than 220 children’s hospitals nationwide, Children’s Hospital Association thanks Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for putting forth bipartisan proposals that would provide relief from harmful cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments.
Medicaid is the single largest source of health insurance for children in the country and roughly half of all patient care in children’s hospitals is devoted to children who rely on Medicaid for health coverage. 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.
Beyond relief from DSH payment cuts, children’s hospitals are also very supportive of a provision put forward by Sens. Grassley and Wyden to implement a key recommendation from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). This provision addresses the treatment of Medicaid-eligible patients who also have an additional source of coverage, such as Medicare or private insurance. We strongly urge Congress to include this provision in any final agreement on DSH policy.
Children’s hospitals appreciate the efforts of leaders in both the Senate and House to work together to prevent harmful Medicaid DSH cuts and champion policies that protect children’s health. We look forward to working with Congress to keep Medicaid strong for children—the future of our country.