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On the Hill: Committees Examine COVID-19 Response and Lessons

As the House and Senate this week devote most of their attention to nationwide calls for police reform, congressional committees will continue to review the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

House and Senate lawmakers are analyzing and reacting to last week’s announcement of new Provider Relief Fund allocations for safety-net providers. America’s Essential Hospitals thanked the administration for listening to calls from the association and Congress to target relief funds toward essential hospitals and other providers that serve large numbers of Medicaid and low-income patients. However, the statement noted funding gaps remain for member hospitals due to the public health emergency.

Lawmakers also are slated to examine the role of telehealth and disparities in how the pandemic has played out:

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Nikki Hurt is a manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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