This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joined 40 of his Senate colleagues to urge Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to provide immediate assistance to rural hospitals and clinics by using resources included in the recently passed Phase III relief effort to sustain rural health providers.
The 41 Senators and 81 U.S. Representatives in a letter to Azar said that “rural hospitals across the country have only days left of cash on hand which is money needed for payroll and supplies. Congress has provided the funding and flexibility and now it is up to the administration to respond with rapid action to sustain rural providers.”
The United States Senate passed the CARES Act, which will provide $2 trillion in economic aid to individuals, businesses and health care systems impacted by the coronavirus public health emergency. The House voted to approve the Senate’s bill last Friday, with President Trump signing it into law soon thereafter.