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On the Hill: Hearings Examine COVID-19 Disparities, Response

Multiple congressional committees will focus on COVID-19 this week, as Congress continues its response to the pandemic while also directing attention toward police reform.

Two committees are reviewing health equity in the context of the pandemic:

Several other panels will examine the impact of COVID-19 and the administration’s response to the pandemic:

To prepare for the next pandemic, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a June 23 hearing on lessons learned from COVID-19.

Infrastructure Legislation Supports Hospital Construction

House Democratic leaders introduced a $1.5 trillion investment package to revamp and rebuild infrastructure in the United States. The Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) includes a provision to dedicate $10 billion over five years to hospital construction and modernization, with a focus on improving public health preparedness and preventing cybersecurity attacks.

In provisions important to essential hospitals, the legislation proposes to invest in a wide array of programs and infrastructure improvements to help eliminate health disparities, from expanding access to broadband to ensuring safe drinking water.

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

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