Jun 9, 2020 - Health

HHS to send $25 billion to Medicaid and safety net providers

Workers pull a patient out of an ambulance in front of Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Elmhurst Hospital Center, a safety-net hospital in New York City. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it is distributing $25 billion to health care providers most at risk of financial collapse from the coronavirus pandemic. Facilities that treat predominantly poorer patients had been largely shut out from previous relief funding, which drew criticism from health policy experts.

Details: HHS will send $15 billion to doctors, hospitals and other providers that mostly see Medicaid patients and have not received coronavirus bailout funds yet, as well as $10 billion to safety net hospitals and facilities that treat large amounts of indigent patients. This money will come from a $175 billion fund Congress created earlier this year.

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