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Essential Hospitals Welcome COVID-19 Relief, Stress Ongoing Needs


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

WASHINGTON—Essential hospitals, which have served as the first line of defense against COVID-19 since the pandemic’s earliest days, thank Congress and the Biden administration for making timely investments in the American Rescue Plan Act for vaccine distribution, Medicaid funding, health care coverage, and extended financial relief from this public health emergency.

While we welcome this support, we also stress that the fight against COVID-19 continues and that our hospitals need more. They face persistent financial and resource challenges, and we will continue to work with Congress to secure appropriate and timely support for essential hospitals in future legislation.

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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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