A day after the governor called on the New York Congressional Delegation to stop imminent cuts to a specific Medicaid program, two members on opposite sides of the aisle both said they’d do their best.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he’s been a leading voice against the cuts to so-called Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments. If Congress doesn’t take action before October 1, New York could lose $2.6 billion in funds used to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated healthcare costs.

Hospitals that serve uninsured and under-insured patients would stand to lose the most revenue. Schumer said rural hospitals, in particular, would be devastated.

“Many of them would have to close. Most others would have to lay off hundreds of people if this, these cuts went through,” he said.

Despite the serious consequences, Schumer called his chances of passing legislation to avoid the cuts “neck-and-neck.” His colleagues seem to agree it won’t be easy.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed also said he plans to try and help strike a deal to alleviate the cuts, but he chastised the hospitals for putting him and others in a tough spot. That’s because Reed said when the Affordable Care Act originally passed, the hospitals agreed to the future cuts as part of the process.

“Now to come in and say, ya know, that deal that they struck somehow has to be undone, to me is troublesome, but at the same time, I understand the impact this has on the people that these hospitals serve,” he said.

Reed also noted, a major reason he supported the failed previous GOP healthcare plan, was because it addressed DSH funding.