Stimulus Bill Provides Hospitals Extra $268 Million
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced March 20 that states can access an additional $268 million in stimulus funds to help hospitals cover the costs associated with treating a large share of under-privileged people.
“Millions of people rely on the care provided by their community hospitals,” said Acting HHS Secretary Charles E. Johnson in the news release. “Through the help provided by the Recovery Act, we can make sure they continue to get the care they need in those hospitals.”
Hospitals serving a large number of low-income or uninsured people are known as Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSHs). States receive an annual allotment in federal monies calculated by law to compensate DSHs for treating individuals who are unable to pay for health care. States already had an allotment of $11.06 billion this year; the additional $268 million in stimulus funds increases the total allotment to $11.33 billion.
States must show they’ve used all their existing 2009 DSH allotments before they can receive additional funds; and they must request the funds from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of their quarterly Medicaid budget request.
A complete list of the revised DSH allotments made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is available on the HHS.gov/Recovery Web site.