We applaud the agreement announced in Washington to provide financial relief and critical support our hospitals and health systems in New Hampshire and across the country need as the nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Hampshire hospitals and health systems have taken critical steps to respond to this crisis and ensure safe care for patients, health care professionals and communities, including suspending elective procedures and curtailing community practice hours.  These actions, when combined with standing up response efforts to address a potential surge of COVID-19 patients, have resulted in significant revenue losses of at least $200 million a month for our hospitals, which simply isn’t sustainable. 

This stimulus package will provide critical relief funding for hospitals to help ensure the stability of the nation’s healthcare system as it continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis through provisions such as creating an emergency fund grant program, providing additional support for taking care of COVID-19 patients and relief from spending cuts, among other provisions.

We appreciate the leadership of the entire congressional delegation in helping to shape and improve this bipartisan package, and especially Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan for their hard work in increasing critical funding for hospitals and health care as it moved through the negotiations process in the Senate.  We fully support this legislation on behalf of New Hampshire’s hospitals and health systems on the front lines of this crisis, and we urge the Senate and the House to pass it immediately.