Rep. Zeldin Encouraged by HHS Move to Steer CARES Act Funding to Hardest Hit Hospitals, Urges Additional Funding Passing House Today to Also Factor in Hot Spot Needs
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan White House Opening Up America Again Congressional Group and bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force, was encouraged by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar’s announcement yesterday to steer $10 billion in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act to hospitals hardest hit by the outbreak.
Last week, Congressman Zeldin called on Secretary Azar to immediately target additional CARES Act funding to U.S. hot spots, like downstate New York, including Long Island.
The $10 billion in federal funding will be allocated for a targeted distribution to hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. As an example, HHS stated yesterday, “hospitals serving COVID-19 patients in New York, which has a high percentage of total confirmed COVID-19 cases, are expected to receive a large share of the funds.”
“While the fight continues to provide increased support to the hospitals hardest hit by the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus, yesterday’s announcement by HHS is a step in the right direction, and I thank Secretary Azar for continuing to work with the communities battling coronavirus on the ground,” said Congressman Zeldin. “This funding will give a helping hand as our area hospitals provide lifesaving treatment to Long Islanders. Going forward, especially as the House votes today to send a new $75 billion hospital appropriation to the President to become law, I will continue to fight for the increased direct funding our local health care workers so desperately need.”