Safety net hospitals continue to remain on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The pandemic took its heaviest toll on the patients and communities these hospitals serve — traditionally marginalized individuals experiencing socioeconomic and structural barriers to care.
Throughout the pandemic, safety net hospitals have faced case surges that overwhelmed their capacity, shortages of supplies and personnel, and an uncertain financial future.
Although cases are declining nationwide, these hospitals have not recuperated from the effects of the pandemic on their finances and still need additional resources.
To ensure safety net hospitals can continue operating on the front lines and serve the nation’s most underrepresented patients and marginalized communities, we ask for $7 billion in targeted funding for safety net hospitals.