Lowey Announces Nearly $5.3 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding to New York Hospitals and Health Care Providers
$5.026 Billion for NY hospitals and health care providers in COVID-19 High Impact Areas, $264 Million for those in NY rural areas
Lowey: “The Administration’s decision to allocate additional funding for hot spots more quickly is promising, but it still isn’t enough based on the needs on the ground in New York”
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that health providers in New York will receive more than $5.29 billion cover essential expenses associated with treating coronavirus patients. Included in this funding for New York is $5,026,344,742 for 90 hospitals that have provided inpatient care for 100 or more coronavirus patients each in COVID-19 High Impact Areas and $264,224,734 for 155 rural health care providers. The more than $5.02 billion in COVID-19 High Impact Areas funding, allocated through the Provider Relief Fund from the CARES Act, is targeted to coronavirus disease hotspots, like the NYC Metro Area, and ensures that hospitals can continue to treat coronavirus patients and increase staffing, bed capacity, and much-needed personal protective equipment.
As a result of Congresswoman Lowey’s numerous letters and conversations with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar calling on the administration to prioritize relief funding to the areas most impacted by the spread of COVID-19, HHS announced the allocation of an additional $2 billion more quickly for this purpose, bringing the total for COVID-19 High Impact Areas across the country from $10 billion to $12 billion.
“Securing this funding for hospitals and health care providers in coronavirus hot spots is a significant step toward getting federal dollars to the hardest hit states like New York, but we are far from completing our mission of getting frontline hospitals the tools they need to continue their heroic, life-saving work during this crisis,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Last week, I spoke with the administration and informed them that $10 billion for health care providers in coronavirus hotspots was woefully inadequate. Their decision to increase the allocation of this funding by $2 billion is promising, but still isn’t enough based on the situation hospitals are facing on the ground in New York. I fought to secure this funding in the CARES Act with my state, my community, and my neighbors in mind, and I will continue fighting to make sure our health providers have what they need to treat and heal COVID-19 patients.”
Congresswoman Lowey helped lead the House negotiations on the CARES Act that included a total of $100 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), also referred to as the Provider Relief Fund, to provide financial assistance to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of this crisis. Last week, the House passed the newest coronavirus relief package that supplemented these resources with an additional $75 billion.
“The Lower Hudson Valley will overcome the impacts of this pandemic, but we must continue allocating our federal dollars wisely to save lives, increase testing, and prevent the further spread of COVID-19,” said Congresswoman Lowey. \
This federal relief is in addition to the $1.85 billion in COVID-19 relief funding to 26,282 New York State hospitals and health care providers previously announced by Congresswoman Lowey.