The AHA urges Congress to provide additional COVID-19 emergency assistance
The AHA urges Congress to provide additional COVID-19 emergency assistance

The AHA urges Congress to provide additional COVID-19 emergency assistance

The AHA today called on Congress to provide immediate additional support to hospitals and healthcare systems while the COVID-19 challenges continue. The letter emphasizes the need for additional Provider Relief Funds to address the “enormous financial burden” caused by the delta and omicron variants and to extend the deadline for using previously distributed funds; to extend Medicare sequestration facilitation and adjust Medicare accelerated and advance repayment terms; and to continue the Hospital to Home Exemption Program and other critical flexibilities following the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“While the nation remains tired and eager to get past this pandemic, the virus continues to evolve and poses a threat to our nation’s health system,” the AHA said in a statement. letter to congress leaders. “The recent rise in cases and hospital admissions abroad driven by the omicron variant known as BA.2 serves as a critical warning: The battle is not over and hospitals and healthcare systems continue to need resources and flexibility to care for and protect patients communities. ”

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