Florida's GOP Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday jump-started legislative talks for a potential congressional overhaul of how the federal government pays out billions of dollars in disproportionate-share hospital funding.
Rubio launches DSH overhaul debate in Senate
Under current law, Florida receives one of the lowest allotments in the country and Rubio seeks to remedy this in his new bill. Rubio has proposed tweaking the so-called DSH funding formula so a state's allotment is based on its overall population of adults below poverty level. Hospitals that treat a high number of very poor patients would get more money, and states would be able to reserve some unspent DSH funds to use in the future.
Another change would redefine the hospital costs that count as uncompensated care to include some outpatient physician and clinical services.
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