Faso Votes to Reauthorize Children's Health Funding, Protect Rural Hospitals

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Washington, D.C., November 3, 2017 | comments
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) released the following statement following the House passage of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), H.R. 3922, the Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation (CHAMPION) Act.

Congressman Faso said, “It was critical that the House pass legislation to reauthorize CHIP before the funding runs out in the coming months, and this legislation not only does that, but makes other important improvements. Notably, the legislation authorizes robust support for community health centers, which provide critical medical services throughout Upstate New York. I have long supported the CHIP program and community health centers so I’m pleased that the House has acted to extend these important programs.

“This legislation also delays cuts to the critically important Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program for two years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contained cuts in DSH payments to local hospitals throughout the 19th District and across the nation. DSH payments are intended to compensate hospitals for providing services to uninsured individuals and the ACA presumed such payments would no longer be needed. Unfortunately, this assumption proved incorrect as hospitals continued to provide uncompensated care. Failure to reverse these ACA cuts would have adversely affected local hospitals and I was pleased to support continued funding at the request of our local healthcare institutions,” concluded Faso.

On September 28, 2017, more than 200 Democrats and Republicans including Rep. Faso sent a letter to Congressional leadership requesting a two-year delay to cuts to DSH payments.

H.R. 3922, the Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation (CHAMPION) Act, passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Final passage will await likely action by a House-Senate conference committee to resolve differences.

For more information on the legislation, click here.
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