CHA encourages all hospital leaders to urge their senators and representatives to provide additional funding of at least $100 billion to hospitals and health systems to support their efforts to fight COVID-19. CHA has developed a template letter for members’ use.
To find your representative’s contact information, visit www.house.gov/representatives/find.
Contact your senators and representatives by April 25.
Members of Congress are currently discussing additional legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. CHA is urgently requesting the inclusion of additional funding for hospitals and health systems to support expenses being incurred as a result of COVID-19 and to address the dramatic decline in the volume of routine care and procedures.
While we recognize and appreciate the initial $100 billion Congress directed to hospitals and other providers in the CARES Act, we know that additional resources are needed.
Congressional leaders and the White House are discussing interim legislation to provide a $250 billion infusion for the Small Business Administration loan program established in the CARES Act. Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats have also called for an additional $100 billion for hospitals and other health care providers, among other priorities.
It is critical that hospital leaders reach out to their senators and representatives and urge them to provide additional funding of at least $100 billion to hospitals and health systems to support their efforts to fight COVID-19.
In the provided template letter, please include hospital-specific information that expresses the urgent need for additional funds to help with the expensive preparations and care they are providing to COVID-19 patients and the lost revenue due to the halting of routine procedures.