Issue Brief: Reform the Hospital Indigent Care Pool

Posted February 6, 2008 by Amanda

New York’s hospitals provide an important safety net  uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers. In 1983, the State legislature created the Hospital Bad Debt and Charity Care (BDCC) pool (or the Hospital Indigent Care Pool) to help hospitals cover the costs of providing this care.

Each year, New York’s hospitals receive $847 million in BDCC funds. But due to complicated and opaque accounting procedures, it is impossible to tell what New Yorkers are getting back in return.

The Executive Budget smartly seeks to reform the distribution of BDCC funds to make sure the dollars are spent on the patients and hospitals that need them most.