For Immediate Release: November 17, 2008
Senator Tom Adelson
Adelson to propose statewide Fair Share Disproportionate Share
Hospital Allocation Plan
Senator Tom Adelson announced plans to file a bill to require the
Oklahoma Health Care Authority to allocate Disproportionate Share
Hospital Dollars based on the percentage of each hospital's Medicaid
and charity care burden relative to the total statewide costs of
inpatient uncompensated care.
The DSH program is a federal program that allows individual states
to allocate DSH funds to safety net hospitals providing uncompensated
care to the uninsured, the underinsured and Medicaid enrollees.
In light of several editorials at the Daily Oklahoman, there is
concern that taxpayers not provide an unfair advantage to one particular
hospital. My proposal will ensure equal treatment across the state
in reimbursement for the provision of health services for the poor
"No hospital should have the exorbitant privilege of guaranteed
cost reimbursement for Medicaid and charity care. My bill will guard
the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from manipulating state and federal
dollars to favor one hospital over another." Adelson said.
For more information
Senator Adelson's Office: (405) 521-5551