Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (Disproportionate Share Hospital payments)

September 29, 2017

From the office of Governor Cuomo

"As New York Governor part of my job has become working to deflect missiles of destruction launched by Washington aimed at New York. The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, which would have devastated our healthcare system, has luckily not been launched. The elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes has been launched and we are fighting mightily to change its trajectory.

"Unfortunately, there is another missile that appears will hit New York this Sunday, October 1st. The Trump administration will cut healthcare aid to our most needy patient populations and struggling hospitals, reducing funding by $2.6 billion. The irony and mean spirited nature of the cuts is breathtaking. These cuts are specifically targeted to our most stressed hospitals and neediest populations. The cuts are implemented by reducing a program called the Disproportionate Share Hospital payments (DSH). The hospitals that will be directly affected are SUNY Upstate Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, H+H, Westchester County Medical Center, Nassau University Medical Center and Erie County Medical Center. However, I expect that these cuts will ripple throughout the healthcare system and effect virtually every hospital statewide. New York State has a $4 billion deficit and is not in a position to make up funding.

"I urge our Federal government and congressional delegation to do everything possible to stop this tragedy from occurring. This missile is only 48 hours away.

"If the missile hits, we will try to manage the cuts the best we can and smooth cuts over this year and next. If we do not smooth payments, next year there would be no funding. We are also seeking aid from the governments associated with their public hospitals to reduce the pain. Nassau needs to help their public hospitals, New York City with a $4 billion surplus needs to help H+H, and SUNY will need to help Downstate and Upstate hospitals. The situation is clear, the first source of financial assistance for these hospitals must be their associated local governments and SUNY. There is no passing the buck. But make no mistake, if our federal delegation fails in stopping these cuts, they will hurt."

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