AHA Statement on the use of the CARES Act

Rick Pollack
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

April 3, 2020

Nobody has been a stronger advocate for covering the uninsured than America’s hospitals and health systems, particularly during a public health emergency. That’s why we have encouraged the Administration to look at various options to provide coverage for treatment of the uninsured for the Coronavirus other than utilizing the emergency fund from the CARES Act. This could include opening up a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, expanding Medicaid and using the National Disaster Medical System or other federal emergency programs, among other ideas. Hospitals and health systems also support the proposals from members of Congress for a new, separate fund to specifically address the costs associated with treatment of the uninsured.

The emergency relief fund in the CARES Act was intended to provide hospitals with an infusion of emergency relief as providers incur substantial expenses in preparing and dealing with fighting this battle against COVID-19. At the same time, given that virtually all regular operations have come to a halt--such as elective or scheduled procedures--there are limited revenues coming in, causing major cash flow concerns that threaten the viability of hospitals. This is also creating a historic financial crisis, threatening the ability to keep our doors open for both the insured and uninsured alike.

Because hospitals and health systems, and our dedicated caregivers, are on the front lines of this pandemic, we continue to urge the release of the CARES Act emergency relief funds as soon as possible. This critical funding will help ensure that our health care providers can continue to be there for everyone and have the support and resources that are needed to deliver care to their patients and communities. 

 

###

 

Contact:        Colin Milligan, (202) 638-549, cmilligan@aha.org

Marie Johnson, (202) 626-2351, mjohnson@aha.org

Related Resources

Other Resources
Food insecurity has increased in many communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of its community health mission, University of Maryland Charles…
Other Resources
University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Center for Women & Children, in Cleveland, and Medworks, a non-profit that provides access to free medical care for…
Special Bulletin
Public
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) today announced several COVID-19 related modifications to current and future CMMI alternative payment…
Case Studies
Public
In rural Lutcher, Louisiana, St. James Parish Hospital anticipated the dangers of the pandemic and began preparing for COVID-19 and its spread throughout the…
Case Studies
Public
Overview In Louisiana, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially fierce, affecting urban and rural areas alike. St. Landry Parish, a mostly rural area of 90,…
Other Resources
Self-isolation to stop the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful enough without adding the worry of having adequate food. Penn State Health, based in…