On Capitol Hill, federal leaders are advancing a third spending package to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Hospital leaders are communicating the concerns of the hospital and health system community with federal officials and advocating for them to allocate significant and direct distribution of financial resources—of no less than $100 billion—to health care personnel and providers, while also directing funds to be immediately allocated by federal agencies once received.
In the context of the bill that is taking shape, HAP is advocating to be sure that Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems receive the necessary lifesaving funding to test and treat patients for COVID-19. Specifically, HAP urges elected members of Congress to:
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee have released legislative packages within their jurisdiction, and the Senate Majority Leader has expressed intent to move a comprehensive package swiftly. The White House has called for legislation to be passed by Monday.
Earlier this week, HAP sent a letter to federal legislators outlining the full scope of advocacy priorities for the Pennsylvania hospital community outlining the following items:
For more information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration, or Warren Kampf, HAP’s senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs.
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