Urge Congress to Support Ebola Preparedness Funding for U.S. Hospitals

November 01 2014|Position Statement
Related Topics: Ebola

Please contact your legislators and urge them to support the American Hospital Association's $500 million funding request to help hospitals in their Ebola preparedness and response. Legislators return to Washington on Dec. 2, to finalize an appropriations package ahead of the expiration of current government funding on Dec. 11. Details of the $500 million request are outlined below.

Preparedness Funding for Designated Treatment Centers. The majority of the funding would go to hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers to help in their preparations. Over the past several months, these designated hospitals have incurred enormous costs as they have prepared their facilities to care for Ebola patients.

Funding for Ebola Treatment. Caring for an Ebola patient also is extremely costly. The request is for additional support to supplement the costs of facilities that have cared or will care for Ebola patients.

Preparedness Funding for All Hospitals. The request also includes funding to help all hospitals as they prepare to detect, isolate and transfer, as needed, suspected cases of Ebola. Hospitals are incurring significant expenses, including costs associated with ongoing staff training and education, and the purchase of additional PPE.

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