DSH Payments To Hospitals

May 9, 2019

What is DSH?

DSH payments are government funding for hospitals serving lower-income and rural communities around New York state and the country.

These safety net hospitals depend on this funding to stay open.

What is the crisis that DSH hospitals face?

The Trump Administration has chosen not to renew the DSH payments, amounting to $44 billion in cuts over the next eight years, putting these hospitals at risk.

Why DSH matters

  • DSH funding is essential for hospitals in rural and low-income areas to maintain the level of service they provide to their communities
  • Safety net hospitals may be forced to close if they lose DSH funding
  • Low-income and uninsured patients could be left without care if DSH-funded hospitals close

New York stats

  • New York relies on $3.6 billion in DSH payments every year
  • The $44 billion in DSH cuts are expected to go into effect in October 2019, starting with a $4 billion cut, and then $8 billion per year from 2021 through 2025
  • NYC Health + Hospitals – the largest public hospital system in the country – has already lost $380 million in DSH funding it should have received by September 30, 2017 and will be devastated if these proposed cuts are not stopped