AHA supports the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s bipartisan reauthorization of the hospital and public health preparedness programs contained within S. 2852, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018. “America’s hospitals and health systems play a critical role in all types of disaster and public health emergencies, and we share the Committee’s goal of improving our nation’s preparedness and response capabilities and capacities,” AHA said in a letter to HELP Committee leaders. Among other provisions, AHA expressed support for the bill’s provision reauthorizing the Hospital Preparedness Program. However, AHA said the 2.7% increase in authorized funding “may be inadequate to ensure that the health care delivery system is ready to respond to and recover from the ever-changing and growing threats.” Instead, AHA urged the committee to increase the HPP’s authorization level to at least $515 million for fiscal years 2019 through 2023, “representing a more appropriate level of investment in emergency preparedness as threats and risks continue to emerge.” In addition, AHA expressed disappointment that the bill does “not permit in the awarding of HPP funds, hospital associations, academic medical centers, and health systems to compete, alongside the state and directly-funded city public health departments, for being the awardee in each jurisdiction.” The Senate HELP Committee will markup the bill tomorrow.

Related News Articles

Headline
Thirteen states yesterday filed a lawsuit challenging a Department of Homeland Security final rule limiting the ability of legal immigrants to adjust or extend…
Headline
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed the voiding of a rule that included Medicare and private insurance payments when…
Headline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the first in a new series of free online training courses to help health care organizations prevent…
Headline
The AHA today urged the Department of Health and Human Services not to finalize certain proposed revisions to a 2016 final rule implementing the Affordable…
Headline
Patients receiving either of two investigational treatments for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had a greater chance of survival than those…
Headline
The AHA today proposed additional actions that the Centers for Medicare…