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Sending Office: Honorable Joseph D. Morelle
Sent By:
Maria.Oparil@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

DEADLINE: TODAY at Noon

Current Signers (67): Joseph D. Morelle, Jahana Hayes, Bennie G. Thompson, Joe Neguse, Donna Shalala, Stephen F. Lynch, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jerrold Nadler, Haley M. Stevens, Kathy Castor, Sean Patrick Maloney, Ruben Gallego, Dina Titus,
Jamie Raskin, Cindy Axne, Terri A. Sewell, Gregory W. Meeks, Karen Bass, Donald M. Payne, Jr. , Sean Casten, Tim Ryan, Peter A. DeFazio, Jackie Speier, Grace F. Napolitano, Frederica S. Wilson, Susan Wild, Kendra S. Horn, Darren Soto, Harley Rouda, Mary Gay
Scanlon, Raúl M. Grijalva,
Nydia M. Velázquez, Alan Lowenthal, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Thomas R. Suozzi, Eliot L. Engel, John B. Larson, Rashida Tlaib, Deb Haaland, Brendan F. Boyle, Jim Himes, Carolyn B. Maloney, José E. Serrano, Diana DeGette, Jesús
G. “Chuy” García, Kathleen M. Rice, Sharice L. Davids, Bobby L. Rush, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Grace Meng, Marcia L. Fudge, Brenda L. Lawrence, Adriano Espaillat, Brian Higgins, Bill Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr., Steve Cohen, Sanford
Bishop, Tony Cárdenas, Paul D. Tonko, Susie Lee, Xochitl Torres Small, Dwight Evans, Debbie Dingell, John Yarmuth

 

Dear Colleague,

American hospitals are facing a daunting challenge. In order to respond to the growing pandemic, they have spent millions of dollars on expanding capacity, investing in new equipment, stocked up on personal protective equipment, and increased staffing—all
without income from cancelled non-essential procedures.  

The CARES Act provides $100 billion for assistance to providers and allows funding to be disbursed on a rolling basis to ensure it gets out the door and to the frontlines of this pandemic as quickly as possible. However, even with that flexibility, hospitals
have not yet begun to receive any of this desperately needed funding.

Waiting only days for the support they need means more health care workers risking exposure and the inability to properly prepare for coming surges above capacity. Soon, hospitals may face shortfalls so extreme they may not be able to make payroll or buy
equipment.

Please join me in encouraging Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma to begin distributions from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund as soon as possible. It is better to reconcile funds after the fact than continue to make hospitals wait
any longer for the life-saving funding we have promised them.

For additional information please contact Maria Oparil in Rep. Joe Morelle’s office at
Maria.Oparil@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Joseph D. Morelle
Member of Congress

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Dear Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma,

Americas hospitals are facing an unprecedented crisis as the COVID-19 caseload surges to over 215,000 patients across the nation. To respond, facilities have tried to expand their capacity, stock up on supplies, and increase staffing, all without the income
they rely on from other care to support their skyrocketing costs.

In some cities, hospitals are in dire conditions with full ICUs and dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment and ventilators. In the coming months, hospitals will be facing shortfalls of hundreds of millions of dollars and may struggle to pay
the same health care workers risking their own safety to provide life-saving care on the frontlines.

Congress recognized this tremendous need with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that designated an additional $100 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. This emergency fund will assist
health care providers and suppliers prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 across the nation.

This $100 billion will help hospitals and others cover costs for building temporary hospitals, expanding treatment facilities, buying much-needed personal protective equipment and necessary medical supplies, conduct more testing, training specialized workers,
and increase their workforce to respond to surging caseload.  

The CARES Act directs this funding to be distributed on a rolling basis to get support to the front lines of this crisis as quickly as possible—yet hospitals have not yet received the aid they desperately need.

We understand there are difficult decisions to be made as to how this funding will be allocated, but we encourage you to work as quickly as possible and distribute funds directly to providers. Continued delays in aid reaching hospitals is going to endanger
the lives of patients and health care workers.

We urge the Department of Health and Human Services to manage distribution swiftly, with consistent criteria, to allocate funding directly to hospitals and essential health care providers, particularly “hotspots” facing large COVID-19 caseloads and facilities
in underserved communities. Funds distributed quickly can be reconciled at a later date but the consequences in delay could be disastrous.

Thank you for your ongoing work on behalf of all Americans during this crisis. We appreciate your support for the hospitals and health care providers on the front lines of COVID-19 prevention and response.

Sincerely,

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