Ask Congress to Include Hospital Priorities in COVID Package

Aug. 5, 2020

Congress is negotiating the next COVID-19 relief legislation, which could be the last pandemic relief package for some time. Action is needed now to ensure additional federal support for hospitals and health systems is included and that harmful policies are not part of a final package. Members are urged to contact your Senators and Representatives (click here to email them) and ask them to take action on critical hospital and health system priorities in the next COVID-19 legislation, including:

  • Providing additional funding for hospitals;   

  • Enacting limited liability protections;   

  • Opposing unworkable OSHA standards;   

  • Making improvements to the Medicare Accelerated/Advance Payment Program; Extending and increasing FMAP;   

  • Providing federal support for Healthcare Heroes;   

  • Permanently extending telehealth flexibilities; and   

  • Rejecting harmful surprise billing proposals.

See IHA’s Advocacy Alert here; IHA’s full list of COVID-19 legislative priorities here; and an infographic illustrating why Illinois hospitals need additional federal resources here.