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FAH Supports House CHIP Reauthorization Bill

October 31, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Legislation, Medicaid

The Federation of American Hospitals sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) on Tuesday expressing support for HR 3922, legislation that reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn wrote that this bill “will provide certainty to families that depend on this program, the states that are attempting to manage the program and providers that are eager to administer care.  We appreciate that there is bipartisan commitment in both the House and Senate to the extension of CHIP and believe that passage of this legislation is an important and necessary step that moves us closer to a final agreement.”

The legislation also eliminates reductions to the Medicaid DSH program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, restoring vital funding so that hospitals can better care for patients.

“DSH hospital payments, which help defray losses hospitals incur in treating low-income and uninsured Americans, play a critical role in allowing hospitals to fulfill our mission to provide care in our communities.  If allowed to go into effect, DSH reductions will pose a serious challenge to our hospitals to meet that mission,” Kahn wrote.

FAH urges the House to swiftly pass HR 3922.