President and CEO
American Hospital Association
February 1, 2021
The AHA applauds the release today of the COVID-19 relief proposal from the group of 10 Republican senators. Included in today’s proposal is crucial funding for testing, vaccine distribution and administration and the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The inclusion of additional support for the PRF, which is similar to a proposal from a bipartisan working group last year, is of critical importance to America’s hospitals and health systems and our heroic front-line caregivers as they continue to fight the ongoing pandemic and care for their patients and communities.
As our nation accelerates the effort to vaccinate the country and reach herd immunity while also being on guard against new variants of the virus, many hospitals and health systems, in addition to caring for the sick, have increased their responsibility to their patients and communities by playing an important role in vaccination efforts. The replenishing of the PRF will help ensure that we can provide the infrastructure and human resources for this giant effort.