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State helps support struggling hospitals

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In an effort to provide continuous services and support to hospitals battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services is giving hospitals $75 million in new stability payments.

 

“Hospitals perform a central role in every community throughout our state,” said Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago). “The importance of hospitals has never been higher, so our support should be stronger, especially for hospitals relying more on state Medicaid resources for funding. I’m pleased that we all came together in a bipartisan manner to accomplish this goal.”

Hospitals received their first payment in late April and will continue to receive installments through July 1. The money comes as the Illinois Health and Hospital Association has estimated hospitals are losing $1.4 billion a month due to cancellations of elective surgeries and seeing fewer patients, aside from those who have COVID-19 symptoms.

“This added support to face the COVID-19 crisis and the aftermath will be crucial to communities that are at the front lines of the fight,” said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood). “Hospitals are vital not only for health care but as engines of economic opportunity and jobs. We must continue providing the resources they need for their staff, their patients and their surrounding neighborhoods.”