Lowey Announces $1.85 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding to New York State Hospitals and Health Care Providers

April 10, 2020
Press Release

These funds from the CARES Act are part of the initial $30 billion in immediate relief funds and will be delivered to providers starting today

Congresswoman Lowey is working to target remaining provider relief funding to hot spots, like NYC Metro Area

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that 26,282 hospitals and health care providers in New York State will receive $1,859,574,434 in COVID-19 relief funding to cover essential expenses and lost revenue attributable to the pandemic. This funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also ensures uninsured Americans can get testing and treatment for the coronavirus disease and hospitals can increase staffing, bed capacity, and much-needed personal protective equipment.

Congresswoman Lowey helped lead the House negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration on the CARES Act that included a total of $100 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) to provide financial assistance to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of this crisis. This more than $1.85 billion for New York is part of the initial, immediate infusion of $30 billion into the U.S. healthcare system.

“New York State, specifically the Lower Hudson Valley, is home to the largest portion of coronavirus hot spots in the country,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I’m relieved these initial funds to hospitals and healthcare providers will be delivered today, but this will not be the end of the federal support for providers in this state. New York needs, and deserves, a far greater share of the remaining $70 billion in this fund. I will work to ensure HHS distributes funds appropriately to the hospitals in areas most severely hit so that New Yorkers receive the health services they need during this pandemic and New York’s health system can recover from the unprecedented burden caused by COVID-19.” 

This week, Congresswoman Lowey and colleagues in the New York Congressional delegation wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma urging them to allocate the $100 billion in vital PHSSEF funding based on COVID-19 cases rather than Medicare payment data.

The PHSSEF is in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.