Congressman Panetta, California Delegation Call for Swift Distribution of $100 Billion ‘Marshall Plan’ for Health Care System

April 3, 2020
Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and 38 other California Democrats in urging the Department of Health and Human Services to quickly distribute the $100 billion Congress authorized in the Coronavirus Aid, Response and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse health care providers for care related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In order to have a fully functioning health care system both during this crisis and beyond, the $100 billion needs to be distributed directly to health care providers as quickly as possible,”  the members wrote. “We urge you to move swiftly to distribute these funds to health care providers as expeditiously and equitably as possible… so that our nation’s health care providers can access the critical source of funding Congress provided.”

On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Response and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a historic $2 trillion stimulus and relief package, was signed into law.  The CARES Act included a $100 billion grant program widely available to all types of hospitals and providers most affected by COVID-19 to fund the purchase of personal and protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, testing supplies, increased workforce and training, new construction to house patients, and emergency operation centers.

Text of the California Delegation letter can be found HERE.