– $1.4 billion is about to be delivered to over 80 children’s hospitals across the country as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus.
– These funds, allocated from the President and Congress as part of the bipartisan CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, will help these critical hospitals serve our country’s most important citizens.
Patients across the country were hit hard by the coronavirus. Many found their providers suspended all non-emergency operations to allow for doctors and staff to focus solely on patients who were exposed to COVID-19. Safety net hospitals, including children’s hospitals, volunteered PPE, beds, and staff to help fight the virus, putting a strain on resources.
As the country continues to return to normal operations, these hospitals face challenges in reopening to the children who rely on them most.
President Trump has delivered two rounds of targeted funding to these safety-net hospitals. And the Administration recently announced that an additional $1.4 billion will be sent out, to “ensure that certain free-standing children’s hospitals…receive the financial relief they urgently need to offset revenue losses.”
“Children’s hospitals have pitched in to our all-of-America COVID-19 response by providing backup capacity, extra supplies of PPE, and other support” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said. “Throughout the distribution of the Provider Relief Fund, we have sent these funds as quickly as we can to those who have been hardest hit by the virus, and this distribution recognizes the contributions of children’s hospitals helping to meet the challenges of this pandemic.”
A state-by-state breakdown of these distributions can be found here – PDF.