April 16, 2020
IHA sent a members a federal advocacy alert today asking hospitals and health systems to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives urging them to replenish the Provider Relief Fund (established in the CARES Act) with an additional $100 billion for hospitals and other frontline caregivers. While IHA recognizes and appreciates the initial $100 billion fund Congress directed to hospitals and other providers in the CARES Act, additional resources are needed.
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Several Congressional Democratic leaders and some Republicans have recently called for an additional $100 billion to support hospitals and other healthcare providers. They want the funds included in a bill that would also shore up funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program, which ran out of money today.
Last week, Senate Republicans attempted to pass a bill to address funding for the loan program, however, Democrats objected and made an unsuccessful attempt to pass an expanded bill that included an additional $100 billion for providers, among other provisions.
Congress also continues to work on a fourth stimulus package to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Both chambers are currently scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. in early May.