U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has introduced H.R. 3288, the Strengthening DSH and Medicare Through Subsidy Recapture and Payment Reform Act. The bill repeals Obamacare’s limit on the amount of subsidy overpayments that can be recovered while also taking steps to reform and strengthen the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment system.
“This legislation recaptures taxpayer dollars lost to Obamacare subsidy overpayments by repealing one of the law’s many flawed provisions,” said Marchant. “The bill then uses a portion of the recaptured funds – which would otherwise go to waste – to help hospitals in Texas and across the country better serve Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, this legislation reforms the DSH payment system to promote a more efficient use of federal funds and encourage hospitals to emphasize quality – not quantity – in their care of the American people.
“I look forward to working with my Ways and Means colleagues to advance the Strengthening DSH and Medicare Through Subsidy Recapture and Payment Reform Act. This bill furthers the effort to completely dismantle Obamacare, supports Texas health care providers, and protects seniors in my district.”
The president’s health care law places a cap on the amount of subsidy overpayments that are allowed to be recouped. This bars the federal government from fully recovering all taxpayer-funded subsidies that are wrongfully paid out. Marchant’s legislation would repeal the cap to recoup all Obamacare subsidy overpayments.
To view a one page summary of H.R. 3288 prepared by the Ways and Means Committee, please click here.
For additional information about the bill’s provisions, please click here.