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More COVID-19 Funding Must Come Quickly for Essential Hospitals


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — We are pleased the administration continues to release COVID-19 emergency aid to providers burdened by this pandemic, such as today’s distribution of nearly $5 billion to skilled nursing facilities.

Additional allocations must come quickly — especially for essential hospitals, which have seen less relief due to methods used to target previous funding rounds. Our hospitals are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and care for many Medicaid and low-income patients. They continue to struggle with the heavy financial costs of this public health emergency and need relief now. We urge the administration to move rapidly toward releasing the remaining emergency funds.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at

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