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Rep. Zeldin Sets the Record Straight on Gov. Cuomo's Completely Dishonest Claims Regarding Hospital Funding Cuts

March 23, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) today continued to set the record straight after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo released several remarkably dishonest press statements regarding hospital cuts that he was mistakenly trying to claim as originating from the American Health Care Act (AHCA), currently before Congress, which includes the Collins-Faso Amendment to shift the county share of Medicaid costs to New York State.

"It is an absolutely undeniable fact that the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cut is actually part of the current federal law that was included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare," Congressman Zeldin said. "In other words, if Congress did absolutely nothing to change federal law, the DSH cuts that are being referenced by Governor Cuomo and hospital CEOs would still kick in. To put it another way, there is nothing in the American Health Care Act, including the Collins-Faso Amendment, that is creating these DSH cuts. Ironically, it is already in the very law, the ACA, that Governor Cuomo is saying and doing absolutely anything at all in order to defend. His claims are not just ironic and hypocritical. They are an outright lie. It is even more disturbing and unfortunate that hospital CEOs have chosen to also advance this same blatant falsehood. As a result of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, and not the American Health Care Act, hospitals stand to lose incredibly high sums of reimbursable expenses by October 1, 2017. This is a black and white fact currently written into federal statute as part of the ACA. The best path forward for Governor Cuomo would be to approach Congressional Republicans to genuinely work with them as opposed to continuing to pound his chest with tall tales about reality. His entire approach insists on avoiding bipartisan at any cost."