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HANYS urges HHS to distribute remaining COVID-19 provider relief funds

On June 1, HANYS urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to quickly distribute remaining CARES Act Provider Relief Funds in a way that targets hospitals, nursing homes and other providers on the front lines of the response in states like New York.

 

HANYS urged HHS to rectify Provider Relief Fund distribution imbalance in future disbursements and better target funding by:

  • reducing the sheer number of providers funded to focus on hospitals, nursing homes and providers on the front lines of the response;
  • prioritizing funding to providers in states like New York that are “hot spots” at the epicenter of the epidemic; and
  • adopting provider-level funding models that align with the CARES Act and consider both extraordinary expenses incurred in the COVID-19 response and the substantial loss of revenue that coincided with stay-at-home orders and patients avoiding hospitals.

We encourage our members to weigh in with your delegation members about the ongoing challenges you face as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to post resources and updates on our COVID-19 webpage. Please contact HANYS if you have any questions, need assistance or would like to make us aware of issues you are facing to inform our work with policymakers. Contact: Cristina Batt

Published June 5, 2020