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Association to HHS: Prioritize Remaining Relief Dollars

In a Sept. 1 letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), America’s Essential Hospitals urged the agency to prioritize remaining dollars from the Provider Relief Fund to hospitals still in need of relief.

Specifically, the association called on HHS to prioritize hospitals that have yet to receive a payment from any targeted allocation, such as the safety-net and high-impact distributions. HHS also should issue another allocation for hospitals in areas greatly impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks and experiencing an increase in patients. Further, the association urges the agency to ensure any portals created to support an application process to request additional relief dollars is transparent, engages stakeholders, and is accompanied with clear guidance for providers.

The $175 billion Provider Relief Fund was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The fund is intended to support providers incurring health care–related expenses and lost revenue related to COVID-19 response efforts. To date, HHS has allocated more than $122 billion from the fund.

The association has a members-only COVID-19 funding tracker, capturing opportunities for essential hospitals to access needed resources. We encourage all members to visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Gontscharow is a senior policy analyst for America's Essential Hospitals.

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