Stimulus Bill Includes $100 Billion for Healthcare: Tips for Ensuring Your Organization Gets the Assistance You Need

The historic $2 trillion economic stimulus legislation allocates $100 billion for healthcare providers.

The funds are intended to support ongoing COVID-19 patient care and to account for revenue that providers have lost by shifting their primary focus to the pandemic.

The good news is that financial assistance is on the way. The challenge facing providers now is ensuring your organization receives enough assistance to account for losses and to secure your future.

Now is the time to act.

Healthcare organizations, physicians and nurses have a bigger platform and opportunity than ever before. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers and the general public have been reminded of what we in healthcare have always known: Doctors, nurses and other caregivers are true heroes who save lives every day.

Here are actions you can take today to advocate for your share of stimulus dollars:

  • Call and write your congressional delegation. Contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators offices today and let them know how your operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Point out to them:
    • How many patients you have tested and treated for COVID-19;
    • Operational changes that have been made to serve patients and protect your employees;
    • The financial impact that the cancellation of elective procedures will have on your organization and on your ability to continue to provide life-saving care.

Beyond federal lawmakers, state and local leaders also influential and should be approached.

  • Call and write your state’s governor and state health department commissioner or secretary. Many states have mandated or requested hospitals make operational changes related to COVID-19. Reach out to your governor and health department leadership to ensure  they are aware of the changes you made and the impact it’s had on your team.
  • Call and write your state and local elected representatives. While your state and local elected representatives are not directly involved with distributing stimulus dollars, they can and should advocate on your behalf. Contact these officials and let them know about the COVID-19 care you have provided and what it means for your operations. Ask them to call or write to your congressional delegation to advocate for your organization.
  • Contact your state hospital association about a coordinated outreach effort. There is power in numbers. Many state hospital associations are leading the charge to push for stimulus funds. Contact your state hospital association and ask what you can do to help.

Don’t let your outreach stop after one phone call. Follow-up by email, ask to keep lines of communication open with regular touch base calls. It will take several weeks to determine how the stimulus funds will be distributed. Stay top-of-mind with the leaders who can greatly impact your organization’s future.

This is the outreach we are helping clients develop and execute, and we are available to partner with your team on this vitally important work.  The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for healthcare providers. Acting now to advocate for stimulus funds will help carry your organization through the next several months and ensure your path forward.

Justin Gibbs