POSTED ON MONDAY, August 3, 2020
The HEALS Act proposal before Congress would allocate an additional $25 billion to the Provider Relief Fund, a program helps health care organizations struggling with the fallout of the pandemic, including hospices.
This legislation’s price could reach more than $1 trillion. As currently written, the bill would contain $78.1 billion for public health and social services.
Hospice providers welcome the assistance, but they worry that the dollar amount is insufficient to meet current needs.
“The Provider Relief Fund has been a lifesaver for many hospices and home health agencies. While there remains some funds available, it is clear that even more will be needed to bring stability to many health care sectors,” said Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, told Hospice News..” The addition of $25 billion as proposed in HEALS is a good start. However, more is needed and we hope that the Congress quickly provides the increase of $100 billion that the House has passed.”
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