Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Failure to expand Medicaid to cost Greenville's Delta Regional $3.9M starting October 1

Well, it's not like Mississippi Democrats (and Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran) haven't warned everyone time and time again.  Today, the AP is running a story on how the Phil Bryant-led effort to prevent Medicaid expansion is going to severely impact Greenville's Delta Regional Medical Center.  According to DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey:
With federal reductions set to hit starting Oct. 1, Harvey said the Greenville hospital is anticipating a revenue loss of more than $3.9 million.
That's because the federal Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments to hospitals are being cut starting then.  Under the Affordable Care Act (which is federal law whether you like it or not), Medicaid expansion was to replace the DSH payments.  Of course, Gov. Bryant led legislative Republicans to reject even a compromise on Medicaid expansion that would have kept the federal money flowing into Mississippi. and he was mighty pleased with himself.  Let's see if he's still smiling as hospitals start laying off doctors and nurses and cutting services.

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