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Unintended Consequences - How New York State patients and safety-net hospitals are short changed

Carrie Tracy, Elisabeth Ryden Benjamin, Amanda Dunker, MPP

Summary: New York State law establishes an Indigent Care Pool (ICP) that distributes $1.13 billion of the total $3.6 billion in DSH funding to public and voluntary hospitals. As a condition of receiving ICP funding, the state’s Hospital Financial Assistance Law (HFAL) requires hospitals to offer free or discounted care to uninsured low- and moderate- income patients.This report assesses the impact of the 2012 reforms on ICP distributions and patient access to hospital financial assistance.

Issues: Access to Health Care

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