FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—The Department of Health and Human Services took a positive step today toward helping hospitals in communities with severe outbreaks of COVID-19, and we thank the administration for hearing calls to better target emergency funding.
But this funding will not meet the great needs of our hospitals on the front lines of this crisis. We must do more to support essential hospitals stretched to the breaking point by the disproportionate burden COVID-19 has on the vulnerable people they serve.
We will continue to share our thoughts on funding allocations that ensure our hospitals can continue their lifesaving working now and after this crisis ends. We welcome ongoing collaboration with Congress and the administration on focused support for disadvantaged people and communities and their essential hospitals.
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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.