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March 20, 2009

$268 million stimulus dollars for hospitals serving the poor

Some good news just arrived in the form of a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services, announcing that the $268 million stimulus dollars have been made available to support hospitals caring for the poor and the uninsured:

Building on President Barack Obama's efforts to ensure access to health care for millions of uninsured Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that states can access an additional $268 million authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay hospitals to treat their most vulnerable patients. (March 20, 2009)


Hospitals that certified as serving a disproportionate share of low-income and uninsured patients are eligible for federal money to offset the high costs of care. The stimulus bill increases the money available to these institutions from $11.06 billion to $11.33 billion in 2009.

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Hospitals that certified as serving a disproportionate share of low-income and uninsured patients are eligible for federal money to offset the high costs of care. The stimulus bill increases the money available to these institutions from $11.06 billion to $11.33 billion in 2009.

Doesn't federal money also help create the high costs of care?

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