The New York State Association of Counties opposes cuts in federal DSH payments to our hospitals.

New York State hospitals receive more than $1.8 billion annually in DSH payments and proposed cuts by Congress will have a devastating impact on our health care system.

Fiscally strong hospitals are the cornerstone of a comprehensive and accessible health care system for patients, especially low-income and vulnerable populations, throughout this great state and across the nation. NYSAC, along with the National Association of Counties, has opposed these cuts in the past and will continue to do so.

Congress has wisely delayed the implementation of these federal funding cuts each year since 2014, but they are set to begin October 1, 2019, if no further action is taken by Congress to again delay the cuts.

We agree with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and counties across the nation that these cuts must not happen, and we strongly encourage Congress to act as soon as possible to avert these federal funding cuts.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving all 62 counties of New York State, including the City of New York.

Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate, serve and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

For more information, visit www.nysac.org