CHARLESTON, W.Va. –U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced an additional $3 billion from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for safety net hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 9, 2020, HHS allocated $25 billion to safety net hospitals after receiving a bipartisan letter from Senators Capito and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) calling for financial support. This funding will provide additional support and relief to hospitals that overwhelmingly serve Medicaid and low-income patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have listened closely to the leaders of our medical institutions and health care professionals that are working extremely hard on the frontlines. I know how much our safety net hospitals have been struggling, making this funding incredibly important. We must continue to provide support that keeps our front line workers safe and West Virginians healthy. I will continue to advocate for the safety net hospitals across our state and the resources we need to battle this terrible pandemic,” said Senator Capito.

A copy of the original letter can be found here.


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