In a letter sent to Vice President
"While we appreciate that HHS has expressed an intent to distribute the funds in a way that is 'fast, fair, simple and transparent,' we are concerned by recent reports indicating the
The senators also pressed the administration to consider reopening enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and to work with the remaining states to expand their Medicaid programs. Doing so would allow all Americans to sign up for health coverage and reduce the potential burden of uncompensated care on hospitals across the country.
A copy of the letter can be read here https://www.brown.senate.gov/download/emergency-fund-letter- and below.
We write to follow up on the
Front line health care workers across the country are facing widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary supplies and equipment. According to the HHS OIG report, hospitals have also reported shortages of cleaning supplies, bed sheets, toilet paper, and other basic equipment. At the same time hospitals are reporting increased costs associated with preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients, their cash flow is limited as a result of cancelling elective procedures and other routine services, and they are having difficulty maintaining and supporting adequate staff. We have also heard from other health care providers in our states - from skilled nursing facilities to community health centers to hospice providers - that they face similar challenges with supplies and staffing.
As you know,
The best way to provide much needed support to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, community health centers, hospice providers, and other providers across the country is to immediately distribute an initial round of funding from the
We agree that HHS should take additional steps to help support hospitals and other providers who care for the uninsured and protect uninsured patients from high out-of-pocket costs. However, the best way to reduce the burden of uncompensated care on hospitals across the country is to ensure all Americans have access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance - not to withhold the resources hospitals and other front line providers desperately need today to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus. We urge you to reconsider reopening enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and work with the remaining states to expand their Medicaid programs. Doing so would allow all Americans to sign up for health coverage and reduce the potential burden of uncompensated care on hospitals across the country.
We look forward to working with you to ensure the
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