July 2020 -- Tammuz-Av 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 7

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Engel Helps Secure $1.1 Billion for New York Safety-Net Hospitals

Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Co-Dean of the New York Delegation and top Member of the Energy and  Commerce Committee, helped secure $1.1 billion for New York safety-net hospitals on the frontlines of coronavirus pandemic, the second largest distribution in the country. The funding comes from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, created by the CARES Act.

 

Of this distribution, a collective $28.2 million went to hospitals in the 16th Congressional District, specifically: Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital received $5 million;

 

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital received $8 million; and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center received $15.2 million.

 

“My constituents serving on the frontlines of this pandemic in New York hospitals have made immense sacrifices to help curb the coronavirus,” said Rep. Engel. “Although the number of new cases is dropping, we cannot afford to go back on the progress that we have made. Our hospitals and frontline health care workers still need significant resources to treat those affected by the virus and prepare for a potential second wave.”

 

Congressman Engel has been at the forefront of the fight to secure federal relief dollars for New York health care providers. He has co-led New York Delegation letters and leveraged his role as a top Member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee to bring resources back to New York State and the 16th Congressional District. On April 10, his advocacy resulted in New York receiving about $1.8 billion. This distribution was followed by an award of $5 billion on May 4, five times more than other state. He also the led the effort to prevent cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment program, which provides New York’s nearly 200 safety-net hospitals with about $1.8 billion in federal dollars each year.