We applaud the leadership in the US Senate, the US House of Representatives and the Administration in passing the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act so that it can provide additional financial relief and critical support for those across the country responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospitals and health systems have suffered staggering revenue losses as they suspended elective and non-urgent procedures while expenses have continued to grow due to their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has jeopardized the financial viability of those institutions nationwide.  The additional funding in the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act will provide critical financial relief for hospitals and help ensure the stability of the nation’s health care system as it continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to providing additional financial relief to hospitals and health systems, the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act will invest in a national COVID-19 testing strategy to ensure adequate testing is available to states.

We appreciate the leadership of New Hampshire’s Congressional leaders--Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Representative Ann McLane Kuster and Representative Chris Pappas–in pushing this legislation through and ensuring crucial support for our hospitals and healthcare systems.  We look forward to working with our state and federal partners to carry out this legislation to strengthen the efforts of health care heroes on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 crisis in New Hampshire.