FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON — Today’s House vote to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Innovation Act (PAHPA) marks a commitment to invest in the nation’s disaster response and public health infrastructure.
Essential hospitals form a critical part of the nation’s emergency health care infrastructure by providing trauma services, teaching disaster readiness, coordinating preparedness efforts, and offering specialty services, such as poison and burn centers. With a commitment to caring for all people, including those who face financial and social hardships, essential hospitals often are the first site of care in public health emergencies.
The Hospital Preparedness Program, under PAHPA, provides vital funding and support for hospitals amid public health crises, allowing essential hospitals to continue providing specialized care to those who need it most. We urge the Senate to act swiftly to reauthorize funding for this crucial program.
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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.