Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Supports COVID-19 Financial Relief for PACE

August 19, 2020

In an Aug. 14 letter to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), both Pennsylvania senators and all of the Pennsylvania members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter expressing concern about the health care providers impacted by COVID-19 but not eligible to receive provider relief funds, including those in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

The National PACE Association (NPA) appreciates the Pennsylvania congressional delegation supporting COVID-19 financial relief for PACE organizations.

“We ask HHS to allow these entities and others caring for at-risk populations to apply directly for funding from the Provider Relief Fund,” wrote members of both parties in the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, who had raised the issues previously with HHS. “With several billion dollars remaining, we urge you to correct these inequities in future distributions of the Provider Relief Fund. Please carefully evaluate how this funding has been distributed to date and work to ensure providers who have been disadvantaged thus far are prioritized in future distributions. Failure to do so may jeopardize access to care for patients.”

The letter was signed by Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., and Patrick Toomey and Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon, Guy Reschenthaler, Brendan Boyle, Dwight Evans, Dan Meuser, Conor Lamb, Chrissy Houlahan, Matt Cartwright, Glenn Thompson, Mike Doyle, Susan Wild, John Joyce, MD, and Lloyd Smucker.

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