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Congress is back: Use HANYS' new advocacy toolkit to weigh in on top priorities

With just a handful of legislative days remaining to avoid a government shutdown before current federal funding expires on Sept. 30, lawmakers are still grappling with the potential size and scope of another COVID-19 relief package on the heels of a failed attempt by the Senate GOP to advance its latest $500 billion proposal.

HANYS continues to advocate for key priorities — including funding for state and local governments, loan forgiveness from Medicare accelerated/advance payments and additional funding for the Provider Relief Fund — in whatever legislative package is moving through the process.

HANYS members are encouraged to leverage HANYS federal advocacy resources highlighted below to weigh in with members of Congress about the urgent need for support for hospitals and health systems.

HANYS’ federal advocacy resources

Statewide and congressional district briefers: A snapshot of enacted federal Medicare and Medicaid cuts to hospitals and health systems and estimated impacts and risks of harmful Medicare and Medicaid policies facing New York’s hospitals and health systems at the federal level.

New interactive federal legislative tracker: HANYS’ new and improved interactive tool to monitor New York delegation members’ positions on key legislation and advocacy letters.

COVID-19 fiscal impact briefing sheet: An analysis completed for HANYS by Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC estimates that in just a little more than one year (second half of March 2020 through April 2021), hospitals across the state will suffer between $20 billion and $25 billion in losses and new expenses due to the COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 federal relief priorities: HANYS’ letter to the New York congressional delegation outlining key priorities to support New York’s hospitals and health systems in their ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional interactive tools: HANYS' CARES Act Provider Relief Funding FAQ tool and Litigation Tracker are now available. Contact: Elyse Oveson

Published September 11, 2020