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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Representatives Johnson and Williams Urge HHS to Provide Greater Relief for Texas Hospitals and Clinics

Sep 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Roger Williams sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting the agency distribute an additional allocation from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) to high impact areas that experienced recent surges of COVID-19 cases after June 10th. Eligible health care providers in the state of Texas previously received $575 million under the PHSSEF, and there currently remains nearly $40 billion available for distribution to providers nationwide.

“During this pandemic, we must ensure that our hospitals, community health centers, and health systems have the resources they need to care for our most vulnerable populations. That is why I am proud to lead this letter with my colleague Congressman Roger Williams,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “We request that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services consider an additional hotspot funding distribution from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. These dollars would support high impact areas with recent surges of COVID-19 cases, which would include communities across Texas. We must remain committed to preserving accessible health services during this global public health crisis.”

“It’s vital that our hospitals and clinics receive additional relief so they can provide our families and communities with the highest level of care possible while we recover from the pandemic,” said Congressman Williams. “Due to the June 10th cutoff date for previous funding under the PHSSEF, many health providers in our state did not receive an appropriate allocation to help offset increased costs and lost revenue because of our later COVID-19 surge. I thank Secretary Azar for his work to ensure our communities receive the appropriate resources and I look forward to our continued partnership as we serve Texans.”

To view the letter:/sites/ebjohnson.house.gov/files/documents/Texas%20Delegation%20Hotspot%20Letter%20to%20HHS%209.18.20%20.pdf