Congress is moving closer to a deal to provide additional funding for programs established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Initial funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, created through the CARES Act, officially ran out April 16. Senate Republicans are pushing to replenish this program, while Democrats maintain that new funding should be coupled with additional aid for health care providers, including hospitals; state and local governments; and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Democrats also called for resources to ramp up national coronavirus testing capabilities.
A final agreement is expected to include additional support for small businesses, hospitals and providers, and coronavirus testing. However, a deal has not been confirmed and discussions continue between Senate leaders and the administration.
Association Shares COVID-19 Priorities with Congress
Last week, America’s Essential Hospitals sent a letter to congressional leadership outlining priorities for forthcoming COVID-19 supplemental legislation.
The association called for lawmakers to increase the emergency fund for providers, focusing on hospitals that disproportionately serve Medicaid and low-income patients, and to add regulatory and other financial relief for essential hospitals. America’s Essential Hospitals is urging member hospitals to contact their House and Senate members immediately and ask them to support the association’s COVID-19 priorities.
Webinar on Telehealth Flexibility
Please join association staff for an April 22 webinar at 2 pm ET explaining how essential hospitals can leverage new federal telehealth flexibility to improve patient access to safe, timely care and ensure adequate provider reimbursement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is open to all association members.