Ask Congress: Include Hospitals in Next COVID-19 Legislation
July 15, 2020
Congress is working on the next COVID-19 relief legislation. Members are urged to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives (send emails by clicking here) and ask them to support important policies in the legislation, including:
- Additional Resources for Hospitals. Congress should direct additional, direct relief funds to hospitals, which are not only coping with a public health crisis, but also a financial crisis.
- Limited Liability Protections. Congress should safeguard frontline providers from legal action by implementing a limited waiver of liability for hospitals and healthcare professionals during the nationally designated COVID-19 emergency.
- Loan Forgiveness/Improved Repayment Terms for the Medicare Accelerated/Advance Payment Program. Congress should consider loan forgiveness and, at a minimum, take action to significantly improve the repayment requirements.
- Expanded Health Coverage. Congress should subsidize COBRA costs; open a special enrollment period for marketplace coverage; and increase eligibility for federal marketplace subsidies.
- Federal Support for Healthcare Heroes. Congress should provide additional resources to front-line caregivers and essential workers, such as support for child care, housing, transportation and bonus pay.
- Extend and Increase FMAP. Congress should extend and boost the federal matching assistance percentage an additional 5.8 percentage points from Jan 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021.
- Expand Telehealth. Congress should permanently extend flexibilities enacted during the pandemic, including lifting of geographic and originating site restrictions.
For more information, see IHA’s list of COVID-19 legislative priorities here, IHA’s letter to the Illinois Congressional delegation here, an infographic here and advocacy alert here.