Thursday, December 16, 2021

Biden’s Big Bill Cuts Hospital Funds for Poor in Red States, Shifts Money to Obamacare; Hospitals in Underserved Communities Face Huge Cuts in Reckless 'Build Back Better' Plan

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Biden’s big bill cuts hospital funds for poor in red states, shifts money to Obamacare:
President Biden plans to pay for some of the massive spending in his social welfare and climate bill by cutting billions of dollars from hospitals in Republican-led states.
The plan punishes the 12 red states that haven’t expanded Medicaid by slashing $3.4 billion in federal funding for hospitals to treat the poor. Instead, the money goes toward a $73.9 billion expansion of the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s extremely punitive to the hospitals that have been on the front lines,” said Mary Mayhew, president of the Florida Hospital Association.
Florida is one of 12 states where Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats propose cutting funding for hospitals that treat people who don’t have insurance or use Medicaid. The government program for the poor doesn’t fully reimburse hospitals for medical care.
Sen. Rick Scott, Florida Republican, said Democrats plan to cut health care for low-income families in red states and restore federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes. The deductions mostly benefit higher-income taxpayers in blue states.
“It doesn’t add up,” he said in an interview. “I just think that it’s evil. It’s mean-spirited. The Democrats are taking care of the people in New York or Illinois or Connecticut and taking advantage of the people in places like Florida or Texas.” --->READ MORE HERE
Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan:
In President Biden’s America, “Build Back Better” means cutting spending for hospitals that provide care to underserved communities to fund tax cuts for the super wealthy. It’s quite an example of just how far the Democrats’ socialist agenda has taken them from reality.
Buried deep within Biden’s reckless tax-and-spending-spree package are devastating and vindictive payment cuts to state Uncompensated Care Pool (UCP) programs and a 12.5 percent reduction from Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments (DSH).
What does that mean? As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi want to slash federal funds to hospitals who care for low-income patients, along with those who are underserved and uninsured. These patients, who are currently eligible for charitable and low-income assistance, may begin seeing medical bills and incurring medical debt.
It’s worth noting these cuts are not happening in every state. Rather, Biden and Pelosi have targeted states that have opted to not expand Medicaid — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
These cuts to DSH and UCP programs will reduce federal funding for providers in 12 states by $34.5 billion over 10 years. Broken down, that’s $4.2 billion in DSH cuts to hospitals in 12 states, and $30 billion in cuts to UCP programs in Texas, Florida, Tennessee and Kansas. --->READ MORE HERE
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