Congressman Van Drew Has Successful Call with HHS on Behalf of South Jersey Hospitals

May 14, 2020
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202)225-6572

Washington- Congressman Jeff Van Drew had a telephone meeting this afternoon with Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services(HHS) Eric Hargan on COVID-19 payments to hospital systems that arbitrarily missed out on hotspot funding. To receive the hotspot funding the hospital must have had 100 confirmed COVID-19 patients by April 10th. This lack of funding has only been exacerbated by the shutdown of elective surgical procedures on a statewide basis which has also been a large financial blow to hospitals. During the call additional aid to hospital systems in South Jersey was also discussed and HHS has committed to work to provide the assistance needed.

“Deputy Secretary Hargan and I had a substantive call about fixes for the funding issues and additional aid that we can provide to our community and our hospitals who are on the frontlines of this war,” said Congressman Van Drew. “I look forward to working with HHS, our hospitals, and our community leaders to ensure we have the resources we need to not only defeat this hidden enemy, but to come out of this even stronger.”