Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined other members of the New York and New Jersey Congressional Delegations in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar requesting that he prioritize funding for the New York and New Jersey regional hospitals. The State of New York estimates a potential revenue loss of $9 billion to $17 billion in FY21, which begins next week. As of March 31st, New York has 66,497 positive cases of COVID-19. Currently, the health care infrastructure in both New Jersey and New York is incredibly overwhelmed. New York is now the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.  With their many major metropolitan and densely populated areas, these two states are poised to remain disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. This letter urges the administration to prioritize federal funding for hospitals located in states who are bearing the brunt of treating infected patients.

“Our healthcare professionals and facilities across New York State are facing an unprecedented challenge with the number of COVID-19 cases increasing each day,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “They need critical federal support to help them prepare for surge capacity, increase their workforce, and obtain essential resources like personal protective equipment and testing supplies. We cannot hesitate in providing this funding to our regional hospitals in order to help them treat and care for all individuals impacted by Coronavirus. I will continue to advocate for support for these amazing professionals and facilities who are rising to meet this challenge.”