Friday, November 06, 2009

Reduction of Supplemental Medicaid in HR 3962

H/T The Dillard Doctrine

Today's Virginian-Pilot reports that one of the provisions under consideration to fund HR 3962-the healthcare bill that will be voted on in the House tomorrow-is a reduction in supplemental Medicaid payments to hospitals that serve a substantial amount of poor and uninsured patients.

One of the hospitals that could lose funding under this bill is Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. This hospital sets the standard for neonatal and pediatric care in Hampton Roads.

People trust CHKD with their children's care in both emergent and non-emergent situations.

As a citizen, I would question the support of my representatives who choose to support this bill. I would want them to explain to me why, in the words of one representative, it "makes sense to keep [the bill] moving forward," knowing that one of our region's best hospitals could suffer as a result.

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