U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) penned an op-ed for The Hill on a reckless provision in President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ package targeted at states that have opted out of a Medicaid expansion, including both Texas and Florida, which will reduce federal funding for hospitals that provide care in underserved communities.

In the op-ed, the senators wrote:

“Buried deep within Biden’s reckless tax-and-spending-spree package are devastating and vindictive payment cuts to state Uncompensated Care Pool (UCP) programs and a 12.5 percent reduction from Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments (DSH).

“What does that mean? As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi want to slash federal funds to hospitals who care for low-income patients, along with those who are underserved and uninsured. These patients, who are currently eligible for charitable and low-income assistance, may begin seeing medical bills and incurring medical debt.”

[…]

“The disastrous cuts to charity care providers that Pelosi and Biden are pushing are just what we’ve come to expect in Democrat-controlled Washington. Cutting this care to help pay for tax cuts for the rich makes no sense and can’t be allowed to pass. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to fight like hell to stop this and we hope at least some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join us.”

Read their full op-ed here.

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