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Private hospitals receive $9.1M in federal funds


State Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman has distributed $9.1 million in new federal funding from the Congressional Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program, supported by Sen. Daniel Akaka, to 15 private hospitals statewide to help defray the cost of providing charity care to uninsured and under-insured patients.

“Hawaii’s private hospitals play a vital role in maintaining the health care safety net for uninsured and underinsured residents,” McManaman said. “By securing and distributing these federal funds, these hospitals can continue serving everyone – regardless of their ability to pay. Maintaining a viable safety net is part of our Administration’s commitment to investing in all of Hawaii’s people.”

The state was able to draw down the $9.1 million in federal funds without contributing additional state funds to meet the DSH program’s state matching requirement.

For non-governmental DSH providers the distribution is based on a formula developed by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and for which the DHS Med-Quest Division received approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval.

The payment for each DSH provider is calculated using a distribution formula based on the amount of a hospital’s charity and other uncompensated care.

Akaka said: “I am so pleased to see the results of my efforts to include a permanent restoration of Hawaii’s Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital allotment in the Affordable Care Act. The stability provided in the health care reform bill and the matching funds released by the state today are critical to supporting our hospitals that care for significant numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients.”

Private hospitals receiving federal monies (rounded to nearest dollar):

* Castle Medical Center – $509,490
* Kahi Mohala – $163,125
* Kaiser Foundation Hospital – $610,382
* Hawaii Pacific Health – Pali Momi – $421,724
* Hawaii Pacific Health – Kapiolani – $1,575,972
* Kuakini Medical Center – $362,169
* Molokai General Hospital – $31,339
* North Hawaii Community Hospital – $153,499
* Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific – $106,229
* Hawaii Pacific Health – Straub – $769,239
* The Queen’s Medical Center – $3,905,011
* Wahiawa General Hospital – $223,482
* Hawaii Pacific Health – Wilcox Memorial Hospital – $280,420

Total funding for private hospitals – $9,112,098

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