Jun 30, 2021 - Health

Hospitals urge Congress not to pay for infrastructure with unspent COVID relief

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The nation's largest hospital groups really don't want the Senate to pay for its infrastructure deal with funding that would otherwise go to them.

Why it matters: The hospital industry has a lot of sway in Washington, and its opposition could further complicate the deal's narrow pathway to passage. 

State of play: The White House last week released a blueprint for the bipartisan infrastructure plan. Its potential revenue-raisers included "unused relief funds" from last year's coronavirus aid legislation along with an extension Medicare payment cuts.

  • Hospitals are lobbying for all providers to have more time to spend the relief money — the opposite of using it for something else. 
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