March 2, 2021

Hospital groups ask US Senate for $35B in COVID-19 relief funds

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

Nine hospital groups have asked the US Senate to add $35 billion to COVID-19 relief legislation to help them deal with financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the February 25 Fierce Healthcare reports.

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed by the House does not include a provider relief fund, and studies estimate 2021 hospital losses could range from $53 billion to $122 billion.

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Hospital groups also have sought other key legislation from Congress, notably an extension of a moratorium on a 2% Medicare payment cut that was installed at the onset of the pandemic.

The groups want the moratorium to be extended through the public health emergency for COVID-19, which the Biden administration says could remain in place for the entirety of 2021.


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