• Letter or Testimony
  • October 30, 2020

Federal Lawmakers Advocate for Children's Hospitals' COVID-19 Needs

In an effort to support children’s hospitals during COVID-19, several lawmakers sent letters to congressional leadership and HHS asking that additional funding and resources be allotted to children’s hospitals. Highlighted below are the different letters that have gone out, so far:

Dear Colleague Letters on Behalf of Children’s Hospitals:

Letters to HHS:

  • October 22: Over 230 House Members expressed concerns to HHS over recent changes to the Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements.
  • July 2: A bipartisan letter signed by 91 members of Congress spearheaded by Reps. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, and Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, asking that HHS provide additional relief to children’s hospitals.
  • June 26: A bipartisan letter led by Sens. Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Blumenthal, D-Conn., urging that HHS provide additional COVID-19 relief funding to children’s hospitals.
  • April 23: Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey sent a letter to HHS advocating for the agency to reconfigure how they had previously distributed funds to ensure that high Medicaid providers, including children’s hospitals, are adequately funded in future tranches. 
  • April 22: Arizona Senators Sinema and McSally sent a letter to HHS advocating that children’s hospitals must be included in the distribution of relief funding and in all future federal relief packages.  
  • April 17: A letter initiated by Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., to Secretary Alex Azar urging support for Medicaid providers including children’s hospitals in future PHSSEF allocations. 72 members signed this letter.
  • April 16: A bipartisan letter initiated by Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, to Secretary Azar advocating that children’s hospitals have access to funding from PHSSEF, citing the financial impact on children’s hospitals since the beginning of the crisis. 20 members signed this letter.
  • April 16: A letter from Senate Democrats led by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to Secretary Azar urging that future allocations from PHSSEF be altered to better reflect the unique contributions of children’s hospitals and other providers. 
  • April 15: A bipartisan letter initiated by Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., to HHS Secretary Azar urging that upcoming allocations from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) created under the CARES Act provide funding for children’s hospitals, citing criteria included in CHA’s April 3 letter to Secretary Azar. 22 members signed this letter.
  • April 15: A letter from Senate Finance Committee Democrats to Secretary Azar noting children’s hospitals as among those excluded from the initial PHSSEF allocation and that need to receive funding from upcoming funding tranches and recommending that future allocations account for lost income as a result of a moratorium on elective care.
  • April 15: A letter from members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to Secretary Azar led by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., expressing concern about the exclusion of children’s hospitals and other providers from the first PHSSEF allocation and noting the need to address these discrepancies in future allocations.
  • April 13: A letter from members of the Connecticut congressional delegation to Secretary Azar urging upcoming PHSSEF allocations deliver equitable relief to providers that serve non-Medicare populations such as children’s hospitals.
  • April 10: A bipartisan letter from members of the Colorado delegation noting children’s hospitals as among those that did not receive support from the first allocation of PHSSEF funding. 

CHA contact: John Knapp