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Target COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds to Essential Hospitals

In a new position paper, America’s Essential Hospitals says that while it applauds Congress’ quick action to provide COVID-19 emergency aid to hospitals, the funding allocation formula disadvantages hospitals that care for large numbers of Medicaid and low-income patients.

For essential hospitals, which already operate with slim margins, the financial challenges of preparing for COVID-19 and testing and treating a surge of infected patients are untenable. Essential hospitals so far have seen only modest relief for the lost revenue and costs related to the pandemic.

America’s Essential Hospitals calls on Congress to ensure the stability of the health care safety net by directing the Department of Health and Human Services to allocate $20 billion of the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, known as the Provider Relief Fund, to essential hospitals.

Read Our View – Target COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds to Essential Hospitals


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