Palazzo Receives Award for Leadership from America's Essential Hospitals
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) was awarded the Essential Hospital Congressional Leader Award on Tuesday by America's Essential Hospitals Association (AEH) for his efforts to delay harmful Medicaid cuts for hospitals nationwide.
Gary G. Marchand, Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, said, "We appreciate Congressman Palazzo's willingness to address the challenges being faced by safety net hospitals. We thank him for understanding the importance of a community hospital's role in meeting the healthcare needs of the communities they serve and leading an effective response. Community hospitals nationwide will benefit from his efforts to restore much needed funding for healthcare services provided to our most vulnerable citizens."
Lee Bond, Chief Operating Officer for Singing River Health System, said, “As a not for profit, community owned health system, Singing River serves as a critical healthcare safety net for our community. The DSH Program is essential for fulfilling that responsibility and we are grateful to Congressman Palazzo for his support of the health system through his leadership related to DSH funding. We hope the State of Mississippi will follow the federal lead so that we can maintain access for those who need it most.”On February 8, President Trump signed a budget agreement that included a two-year retroactive delay of the scheduled Medicaid reimbursement cuts that were originally scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1 in 2017.