Senate Kovid-19 Package Tees Medicaid Funding, Hospitals Fight Over Bailout

Test funding makes it

More dollars appeared to be under threat by the White House for a coronovirus test to exclude Republicans from funding. But as the trial was delayed, Republicans rejected the demand and included more than $ 16 billion for testing, contact tracing and monitoring. With the money left over from previous relief packages, $ 25 billion will be available for public health measures. Although the number is less than $ 75 billion, Democrats pitch for those efforts.

A boost for virtual care

Lived on the epidemic boom. The law would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to continue comprehensive telehealth policies through at least 2021. And for jointly qualified health centers and rural health clinics, those policies can be extended for another five years after the coronaires emergency termination.

Some telehealth advocates have urged Congress to make more permanent changes to telehealth coverage in the new relief package. It appears that the legalists do not want to commit to more comprehensive changes until they have further reviewed the technology, which practically stopped overnight as measures for lockdown were taken.

Hospitals get protection from malpractice cases

Coronavirus-related liability protection was a top priority for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and hospitals. The bill will massively shield hospitals and medical professionals around Kovid-19, while minimizing losses. Hospital groups say the legal risk is a major obstacle to resuming elective surgery.

More discounts on Hefty Medicare loans

Hospitals and physicians will have more time to pay Medicare for the loans they receive to keep their doors open. Some hospital and physician groups have begged for a total amnesty of these loans, totaling more than $ 100 billion and separate from the bail funds provided by Congress. Others have said that they need more time to repay the government as they deal with financial stress from Kovid-19. The Senate package will give him a few more months to repay the loan on 1 January.

Tucker Doherty, David Lim, Susanna Luthy, Mohana Rabindranath and Rachel Rubin contributed to this report.

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