Press Release

Statement on Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act

Contact:          Marie Watteau, 202-626-2351,

                        Jennifer Schleman, 202-638-5491,




Rich Umbdenstock

President and CEO

American Hospital Association


December 10, 2014


When disaster strikes, America’s hospitals are there. That’s why the federal government called on hospitals to help deal with the Ebola crisis in order to ensure patients got the care they need. Hospitals have answered that call. We are pleased that Congress recognizes the extraordinary costs that hospitals have and will incur to protect patients and health care workers from Ebola. This bill is a good first step to ensure that hospitals have the resources necessary to properly respond to this crisis. We urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services to expeditiously distribute the funds to hospitals so they may continue their preparedness efforts.


Hospitals will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure the safety of patients and health care workers and to provide the level of preparedness the government has outlined, and the public expects.




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