NYTIMES: A government subsidy, little known outside health policy circles but critical to the hospitals’ survival, is being sharply reduced under the new health law. The subsidy, which for years has helped defray the cost of uncompensated and undercompensated care, was cut substantially on the assumption that the hospitals would replace much of the lost income with payments for patients newly covered by Medicaid or private insurance. But now the hospitals in states like Georgia will get neither the new Medicaid patients nor most of the old subsidies, which many say are crucial to the mission of care for the poor.
“We were so thrilled when the law passed, but it has backfired,” said Lindsay Caulfield, senior vice president for planning and marketing at Grady Health in Atlanta, the largest safety-net hospital in Georgia. It is now facing the loss of nearly half of its roughly $100 million in annual subsidies known as disproportionate share hospital payments. Memorial is also facing steep reductions in the subsidies. Cancer care may be among the services reduced, administrators here said.THIS IS JUST MORE PROOF THAT THIS IS THE WORST LAW IN US HISTORY - ONE THAT ONLY PASSED BECAUSE THE WORST PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY LIED ABOUT IT AND PAID OFF SENATORS TO VOTE FOR IT.