POSTED ON MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 

New legislation by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives may result in more federal aid to hospices through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund.

The bill, named the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act, would allocate an additional $175 billion to the fund, and is intended to provide financial relief to health care providers struggling during this COVID-19 outbreak. The bill also increases funds to unemployment and a vote is expected soon.

“We must have empathy for our heroes, the health care workers, for how exhausted and how stressed they are in doing their jobs. Add to that, they may lose their jobs in this economy. We must also empathize with the pain of families who do not know where their next meals are coming from and how to pay next month’s rent,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when introducing the bill. “The HEROES Act focuses on three pillars: opening our economy safely and soon; honoring our heroes; and, then, putting much-needed money into the pockets of the American people.”

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