Federal payments to states to cover the cost of uncompensated care for uninsured or low-income populations through the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program will be phased out.
Given their primary purpose, the distribution of federal Medicaid DSH payments should closely mirror the rate of uninsured in each state. This is not the case. In 2005, Florida received $52 in Medicaid DSH payments per uninsured person, whereas New Hampshire received $1,214 per uninsured person, according to data on DSH allotments from the Kaiser Family Foundation and data on uninsured rates from the United States Census Bureau.
Full article on uncompensated care costs at the Health Affairs Blog.