Monday, September 29th 2003

Dear Senator/Representative:

On behalf of all of our member hospitals, health care systems, networks and health care providers, thank you for supporting the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program and for signing the letter to Medicare conferees that was recently circulated by Senators Jeff Bingaman, Lincoln Chafee, Michael Enzi and Bob Graham and Representatives Ed Whitfield and Heather Wilson.  Your ongoing support of two key provisions - the House-passed provision curtailing cuts to states' Medicaid DSH allotments and the Senate-passed provision for "extremely low-DSH states" - is crucial if our nation's safety net hospitals are to continue providing the health care services that our patients and communities deserve.

These bi-partisan-backed provisions will help ensure that America's hospitals can continue their mission of providing quality health care.  The challenges hospital face today - such as rising costs for drugs and technology, an increase in the number of both uninsured Americans and those relying on Medicaid and aging facilities - have a direct impact on hospitals' capability to care for all.  We appreciate your recognition that adequate funding of the Medicaid DSH program is key to preserving the health care infrastructure that serves all Americans.

We hope we can count on your continued support as the legislative session moves forward.


American Hospital Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
Catholic Health Association of the United States
Federation of American Hospitals
National Association of Children's Hospitals
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

This letter was sent to the 37 Senate and 34 House members who signed the Medicaid DSH Dear Colleague letters to the Medicare Rx Drug Conferees (Click here to view the Senate and House letters)

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