New US hospital struggles without pandemic aid

17 May 2022
2022-05-17 15:25

A handful of U.S. hospitals are facing a financial crisis that officials say was caused by the federal government's rules for pandemic relief money. A trio of hospitals in Alabama, Kansas and New Mexico say they're not getting as much assistance as other hospitals because they're so new they can't prove financial losses from before the pandemic.In rural southwest Alabama, Thomasville Regional Medical Center says it's in danger of closing after just two years.With a total debt of $35 million, the quest gets more urgent each day, said Curtis James, the chief executive officer. Employees are trying to save money by cutting back on supplies.Federal health officials say all three hospitals have gotten some money from the CARES Act, and no health providers are getting all their losses reimbursed.

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