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Statement on Additional COVID-19 Aid for the Safety Net


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

WASHINGTON—We thank the administration for its step today toward responding to our requests, and to calls by congressional lawmakers and others, for COVID-19 funding targeted to hospitals that care for vulnerable patients. The vital work of essential hospitals goes on, and we urge the Department of Health and Human Services to continue relief for our hard-hit members and their communities.

Today’s announcement of $10 billion in additional funding for hospitals that provide safety-net care, as well as a future allocation of $10 billion for providers in COVID-19 hot spots, will help ease the financial pain this public health emergency has inflicted on these caregivers. We appreciate that the administration has recognized the severe pressures on front-line providers.

The heavy costs of battling the coronavirus continue and likely will linger long after this crisis ends. This outlook and the earlier funding gaps that let many hospitals fall through the cracks demand that Congress and the administration keep the focus on the safety net and providers caring for our most disadvantaged people and communities.

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