The Department of Health and Human Services this week will begin distributing an additional $22 billion in funds from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund.

HHS on Friday said hospitals with at least 100 COVID-19 inpatient admissions through April 10 will receive $12 billion in funds; and general acute-care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and community health centers located in rural areas will receive $10 billion in funds.

In a statement, AHA said, "America's hospitals and health systems are pleased by the announcement from HHS regarding the distribution of additional funds from the CARES Act emergency relief fund. As urged by the AHA, much needed funding will go to hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 admissions (hot spots) to help offset the significant costs incurred as they are treating COVID-19 patients. Additional funding will also be provided to these hospitals based on their coverage of Medicaid and uninsured patients. AHA also greatly appreciates the Administration's willingness to listen to our suggestion to target funding for rural hospitals to help ensure they are able to remain open and serve their communities.”

See more in Friday’s AHA Special Bulletin.

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