N.J. hospitals getting extra $150M as Biden administration reverses Trump actions

Published: Aug. 26, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration has reversed two of former President Donald Trump’s policies, which will add an estimated $150 million in federal funding for New Jersey hospitals.

The funding comes at a time when the state’s hospitals, like those around the country, have been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey was one of the states initially hardest hit by COVID-19.

“At a time when New Jersey’s hospitals, doctors and nurses are still on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the injection of millions of dollars in annual federal funding into our hospitals will help them attract and retain the best talent as well continue to provide high-quality care for New Jerseyans,” U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new rule making New Jersey’s rural hospitals eligible for extra Medicare reimbursements to cover the higher costs of treating patients in less-populated areas.

The Trump administration in 2018 ended a waiver first issued in 2005 that allowed hospitals serving New Jersey’s rural population to get the higher reimbursements. The waiver was needed because the hospitals otherwise could not get the funds since the state was classified as all-urban.

Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus law included a provision, added by Menendez, that permanently restored the hospitals’ eligibility for the additional money, which allowed them to pay competitive salaries for doctors and other health-care employees.

“The reinstatement of this provision ensures that our state’s hospitals are able to compete on a level playing field to keep these critical caregivers right here in New Jersey,” said Cathleen Bennett, president and chief executive of the New Jersey Hospital Association.

Separately, CMS delayed until Sept. 30, 2022 another Trump administration action removing Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties from the New York-Newark-Jersey City statistical area used to determine Medicare reimbursement rates and grouping them instead in a new classification that lowering their federal payments.

Menendez and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist., who sit on the congressional committees that oversee Medicare, have tried to get the entire change scrapped.

Three of the hospital systems affected — Atlantic Health System, Hackensack Meridian Health and RWJBarnabas Health — hired former Gov. Chris Christie to lobby for them last year on Medicare reimbursements, Senate records show.

The two changes would mean an additional $150 million going to the state’s hospitals, according to the hospital association.

“This flow of millions in annual federal dollars will lift up our heroes when they need it most by allowing New Jersey hospitals to retain doctors and nurses and continue saving lives,” Pascrell said.

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