FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — We thank Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Pete Olson (R-TX) and their nearly 90 House colleagues for today’s statement of strong bipartisan support for essential hospitals and the nation’s health care safety net.
Their letter calling on the administration to target more funding to hospitals that care for many Medicaid and low-income patients recognizes the urgent needs of essential hospitals. These front-line providers face severe financial hardships as they confront COVID-19 while also meeting their mission of caring for our most vulnerable patients and distressed communities.
We urge the Department of Health and Human Services to promptly respond to the House letter by ensuring more aid reaches the people, communities, and hospitals in greatest need during this public health emergency.
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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.