• Analysis or Summary
  • May 20, 2020

Congressional Relief Legislation and Children's Hospitals Requests in Response to COVID-19

CHA Letters to Congress

CHA Letters to the Administration

To date, Congress has passed three large packages and one supplemental related to COVID-19 relief. A CHA summary of all the important provisions for kids and children's hospitals is available above. A fourth package targeting infrastructure is currently being developed. Children’s hospitals have worked in tandem with CHA to advocate with Congress and the administration for direct continued relief to pediatric providers through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and future legislative packages.

Packages:

Package 3.5: Passed by the House on April 23, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act includes $75 billion for hospitals and other providers through an injection of additional funding into the Public Health Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) created in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This Act is seen as a supplement to the CARES Act.

Package 3: Signed by the president on March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion package. $100 billion was included in the package for a Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund intended to reimburse eligible hospitals, including children’s hospitals. On March 30 and April 3, CHA sent letters to HHS advocating that children's hospitals be accounted for in the rubric being developed and suggesting a funding allocation methodology that would capture children’s hospitals.

Package 2: On March 18, the president signed into law the second appropriations package—the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. An Alston and Bird summary of this bill is available. 

Package 1: On March 6, the president signed the first congressional appropriations package designed to support COVID-19 response. That package, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, provided $8.3 billion for initial response measures.

CHA contact: John Knapp