Bellevue fighting to delay federal healthcare cuts

State Senator Brad Hoylman said he doubted his colleagues would support a increase in reimbursements to cover inflation. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Bellevue Hospital, along with all the other facilities that are part of the city’s public NYC Health + Hospitals network, are bracing for the impact of an expected loss in federal funding in the next couple of years.

The cuts have loomed on the horizon since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010. Hospitals including H+H had been receiving Disproportionate Share Hospital or DSH funding for uninsured and Medicaid patients, but when the ACA went into effect, the thinking in Washington was that hospitals wouldn’t continue to need it due to more people being covered.

However, as Bridgette Ingraham-Roberts, associate vice president for government and community relations and planning for H+H, told hospital staff and supporters on Friday, 1.1 million New Yorkers are still uninsured and H+H serves around 415,000 uninsured patients. (Together, there are about 700,000 uninsured and Medicaid recipients in the health system.)

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City hospitals take aim at maternal depression

Bellevue commits to universal screenings

Chirlane McCray speaks at Bellevue Hospital. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Chirlane McCray speaks at Bellevue Hospital. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray recently announced that the city is setting a goal to provide universal screening and treatment for maternal depression for all pregnant women and new mothers.

McCray made the announcement at Bellevue Hospital on November 17 along with representatives from NYC Health and Hospitals (formerly HHC), Maimonides Medical Center and the Greater New York Hospital Association.

NYC Health and Hospitals and Maimonides, which together perform about 25 percent of all deliveries in New York, have committed to achieve universal screening and connection to treatment within two years as the first step towards the goal. The Greater New York Hospital Association will also begin developing a learning network of hospitals across the city to screen all pregnant women and new mothers for the condition within that two-year period.

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