The letter, signed by 300 Members of
"Medicaid is a critical lifeline for nearly a third of New Yorkers. Just as important are the safety-net hospitals that deliver quality care and serve them," Rep.
"The success of community hospitals in
"Medicaid DSH is an essential program for the nation's safety net hospitals, and securing a delay of the cuts is vital to their health and well-being," said
"The Medicaid DSH program has been critical in supporting hospitals that care for our nation's most vulnerable members of society, including children, the disabled and the elderly," said
"The financial viability of children's hospitals is strikingly tied to Medicaid," explained
"Medicaid DSH funding is vital to our hospitals and their patients. Losing a third of that support virtually overnight would jeopardize access to care in communities across the country. We thank
Text of the letter:
We write to express our concern regarding the impact of impending cuts to
In 1985, President
Our nation's hospitals cannot sustain losses of this magnitude. Institutions will be forced to shutter, leaving our constituents and communities without a vital safeguard.
Until a more sustainable, permanent solution is reached, we ask that you work to delay these cuts for at least two fiscal years. This delay will ensure that hospitals can continue to care for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to your response.
Signers of the letter: