Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH)

Information for and about hospitals serving large numbers of patients on public insurance programs such as MassHealth and Medicare. 
The Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee released its proposed FY19 state budget last Wednesday, and a preliminary review of it shows that the budget writers were responsive to some key hospital priorities.
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended the 340B drug program and the hospitals and health centers that rely on it at a hearing last Thursday.
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program begins on Thursday, March 1.
The federal budget package which passed last week after an hours-long government shutdown includes many important healthcare provisions.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
A deficiency budget that the Massachusetts House passed this week to close the books on FY17 included a provision requiring every employer in Massachusetts with six or more workers to out an employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC) compliance
Two big priorities for the Massachusetts healthcare community – preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stalling Medicaid cuts to disproportionate share hospitals – were helped this week by Congressional action.
MHA is concerned about federal Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding provided to states to support those hospitals that cover a large percentage of Medicaid recipients.
This week, the Massachusetts House Congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price urging that the Trump Administration not move forward on proposed cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) f
09.04.2017  | A Very Busy August
The so-called August policy-making lull has been anything but relaxing for MHA as the association was active over the past two weeks at both the state and federal levels, commenting on the MassHealth waiver amendment, Health Safety Net funding, Medi
Last week Governor Baker signed a $39.4 billion state budget, vetoing about $222 million in MassHealth line while sending back to the legislature proposed healthcare amendments to the budget that Baker wants action on within 60 days
The latest version of the Republican healthcare reform bill that the U.S. Senate leadership released on Thursday would still drastically cut federal Medicaid funding to Massachusetts.
To balance the FY17 budget, the administration intends to sweep $23.5 million from the state’s Distressed Hospital Fund which is used to fund the HPC's CHART grant program.
The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems, appreciates the opportunity to offer comments in strong opposition to HB824, “An Act Relative to the Public Reporting of Hospital Margins.”

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
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