Engel Health Bills Clear Major Hurdle

Engel Health Bills Clear Major Hurdle


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, commended the passage of the Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health Act of 2019, H.R. 2328, through the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.


This bipartisan legislation includes provisions authored by the Congressman, including the preservation of $12 billion in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments over two-years. Medicaid DSH payments are a lifeline for New York’s 200 safety-net hospitals that serve a large share of low-income and vulnerable communities. These provisions build on a bipartisan letter that Congressman Engel led with Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) to House leadership and which was signed by 300 Members of the House.


H.R. 2328 also includes Representative Engel’s legislation to reauthorize funding for the National Quality Forum (NQF), which develops programs and tools to improve the quality of patient care. In New York, 22 health care organizations have partnered with NQF to ensure patients are receiving high-quality care.


“I applaud my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee for passing these important bills,” Engel said. “These bills will help improve access to high-quality care for New Yorkers at a time when protecting that access is critical. I look forward to the full House considering H.R. 2328 soon.”


Engel’s Medicaid DSH and NQF provisions previously passed the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on July 11, 2019 with bipartisan support.