Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced that 20 Iowa hospitals will receive $12.5 million in additional Medicare reimbursements. The payments will be delivered to the hospitals tomorrow, and come as a result of a provision Rep. Braley authored and passed into law during the health care negotiations last Congress.

"For decades, Iowa's doctors have been punished for no reason other than geography," said Rep. Braley. "These payments are the first step toward ending these geographic disparities and reforming our Medicare system so it finally rewards quality of care instead of the number of procedures performed."

The following Iowa hospitals will receive the funds:

Hospital Name  


Estimated Payment  

Broadlawns Medical Center  



Grinnell Regional Medical Center  



Iowa Lutheran Hospital  



Iowa Methodist Medical Center  



Lakes Regional Healthcare  



Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center  



Mary Greeley Medical Center  



Mercy Hospital  



Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids  



Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines  



Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa  



Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City  



Skiff Medical Center  



Spencer Municipal Hospital  



St Anthony Regional Hospital  



St Luke's Hospital  



St Luke's Regional Medical Center



Trinity Regional Medical Center



Unity Hospital



University Of Iowa Hospital & Clinics





Rep. Braley secured the funding during late night negotiations with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama Administration officials before the final health care votelast spring. Tomorrow, Iowa hospitals will receive $12.5 million in additional Medicare reimbursements, or 8.3 percent of the available funds. Under Rep. Braley's provision, Iowa receives the 4th-highest amount of payments of any state.

Last Congress, Braley negotiated a compromise adding language to the health carereform bill that provides an immediate $800 million to address geographic disparities for both doctors and hospitals, as well as written guarantees from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for further action toreform Medicare reimbursement rates. Iowa doctors and hospitals have long suffered from an unfair Medicare formula which reimburses them at a lower rate than providers in other states - all while offering some of the highest quality, lowest-cost care in the nation.


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