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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Roger Marshall (1st District of Kansas)

WASHNGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) joined five members in co-leading a bipartisan effort to ensure the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) continues to give hospitals the resource flexibility they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, a letter was submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing concerns on how new PRF reporting requirements negatively impacted hospitals’ ability to cover financial losses as a result of the pandemic. Since this spring, Rep. Marshall has remained in close contact with hospitals and HHS officials to communicate the needs of hospitals across Kansas. Due, in part, to his work on this issue, HHS revised its policy.

“The Provider Relief Fund established under the CARES Act has served as a vital lifeline for hospitals and other health care providers in Kansas so they can keep their doors open during these trying times,” said Rep. Marshall. “HHS has done a good job helping hospitals by implementing comprehensive waivers expanding telehealth, testing, accelerating payments, and more. I commend the Administration for working with Congress on bipartisan initiatives and responding to health care providers’ needs so they can continue serving their communities.”

Representatives co-leading this effort included David McKinley, P.E., (R-WV), Mike Levin (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Frank Lucas (R-OK), and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ). A total of 239 Members of Congress have signed onto the letter. 

To read the letter, click here

What others are saying:

“The AHA appreciates the leadership of Representative Marshall and the bipartisan support from Congress on this important issue,” said Tom Nickels, AHA’s executive vice president. “Their work to revise the reporting requirements will help ensure that hospitals and health systems can continue to care for their patients and provide services to their communities, particularly those in rural areas and those serving vulnerable communities.”

“If already-struggling private safety-net hospitals are ordered to return some of their Provider Relief Funds, the health care disparities between their low-income, medically vulnerable communities and others will only grow,” said Ellen Kugler, Executive Director, National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals. “NASH is most grateful to Representatives McKinley, Thompson, Marshall, Levin, Lucas, and O’Halleran for leading the effort to address this problem.”

“The Provider Relief Fund is a critical lifeline for essential hospitals serving vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 public health emergency… We thank Reps. McKinley, Levin, Marshall, Thompson, Lucas, O’Halleran, and their 239 House colleagues for helping to ensure providers have the resources they need to combat COVID-19,” said Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, president and CEO, America’s Essential Hospitals.