Statement by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson on Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Cuts

September 30, 2017

"SUNY hospitals provide the highest standard of care for our state’s most vulnerable children, families, and elderly, while also serving as elite teaching institutions dedicated to training the next generation of medical professionals. University Hospital of Brooklyn at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Upstate University Hospital are the backbone of the health systems, and important providers of jobs, opportunity, and economic impact, in their regions. The federal government’s irresponsible failure to act to prevent billions of dollars of cuts in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments from taking effect puts our entire mission, and our communities, at risk.

"Congress must act now and stop these cuts today. We should not allow the federal government to abdicate its responsibility to the people of New York. If Congress will not step up, SUNY will have to work to find efficiencies and additional sources of revenue to mitigate the devastating impact of these cuts. Everyone must come to the table to do their part to protect our public academic health centers and safety net hospitals. New Yorkers deserve nothing less."

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