FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — We thank House and Senate lawmakers for their swift and bipartisan action to make significant new emergency funding available to essential hospitals and other front-line providers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate Congress’ attention to the pressing needs of our hospitals and the vulnerable people they serve. Our hospitals also applaud the inclusion of demographic data reporting in this legislation to help us understand and respond to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on communities of color.
As our hospitals lead the response to COVID-19 nationwide, we will continue working with Congress and the administration to ensure hospitals that care for Medicaid and other low-income patients have the support they need to sustain their lifesaving work.
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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 essentialhospitals.org.