Springs hospitals could receive stimulus money

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Colorado can get up to an additional $2.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help hospitals treat patients without insurance.

Payments will be made to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income or uninsured patients.

In Colorado Springs, both Penrose-St. Francis Health Centers and Memorial Health System are disproportionate share hospitals, but officials at both said they are awaiting confirmation that they will receive additional money.

The allotment is calculated by law and includes requirements to make sure that the payments to the hospitals are not higher than the actual costs incurred by the hospital to provide uncompensated care. The recovery act increases the amount of allotments available to states from $11.06 billion to $11.33 billion during 2009.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will notify states about the availability of increased portion of allotments. States must demonstrate they have used all their existing fiscal year 2009 payments before receiving the additional money.