CONGRESS: Hospitals need critical funding to continue fighting COVID-19

Hospitals and health systems on the front lines have cared for millions of Americans since the pandemic began. The physical, emotional, and financial toll to do so has been enormous. And the pandemic isn't over. More relief is needed to help hospitals and health systems fight against COVID-19 and vaccinate America.

Advocating for hospitals and protecting access to quality patient care is why we founded the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care. We're a group of over 2 million Americans who raise our voices time and again to protect care for you, your loved ones, and every community across the country. As Congress prepares to vote on the next coronavirus relief package – the American Rescue Plan – we need to do everything we can to ensure that legislation gives hospitals and health systems the resources they need to care for all patients during the pandemic and beyond. That means asking powerful advocates, like you, to join our community and fight for quality care.

Send a letter to your lawmakers and urge them to prioritize patient care and provide vital funding for hospitals and health systems in the American Rescue Plan.
Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing to ask you to prioritize the health and safety of our state and communities by including urgent funding for hospitals and health systems in the upcoming COVID recovery bill.

The frontline men and women of America's hospitals and health systems have cared for millions of Americans – and the pandemic isn't over yet. January saw the highest average number of hospitalized coronavirus patients since the start of the pandemic.

The cost to hospitals and health systems is enormous: from supplies to keep patients and health care workers safe, to ICU care, to staff relief for employees working relentlessly.

As a member of the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care, the strain on hospitals, health systems, and the resulting impact on patient care is extremely concerning to me. We cannot effectively fight the pandemic without sufficient resources and vital funding.

To ensure doctors, nurses, and hospital employees can continue caring for our communities and help vaccinate America, I urge you to include the following in the next COVID relief package:

- Additional funding for hospitals and health systems to care for COVID-19 patients
- Funding to support vaccine outreach, planning, administration and distribution efforts
- Financial support for front line workers, including child care, transportation, and educational benefits
- Forgiveness of Medicare accelerated payments
- An increase in health insurance coverage
- Prevent scheduled Medicare cuts

Hospitals, health systems, and health care heroes have been on the front lines of the pandemic from the very start.

They deserve our complete support as they continue to bravely fight this unprecedented health crisis. Please protect patient care and include vital funding for hospitals and health systems in the upcoming legislation.

Thank you.
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