Underwood Works to Deliver Critical Resources to Illinois Hospitals Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic; Announces $1.4 Billion in Emergency Funding

April 30, 2020
Press Release
Resources to assist health systems secure PPE, testing, and other supplies needed to fight the coronavirus

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that hospitals and health care providers across Illinois will receive more than $1.4 billion from initial Health Provider Relief Fund distributions to support their responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The funding has been made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Underwood strongly supported in Congress and was signed by the President in March. The CARES Act allocates $150 billion for the Health Provider Relief Fund to help health systems fight coronavirus by securing personal protective equipment and testing supplies, strengthening and supporting their workforce, and continuing to provide care that communities depend on. 


“Each day, health care providers across Illinois are stepping up to fight the coronavirus and keep our communities healthy in the most difficult of circumstances. We are grateful for their sacrifices, but our heroes and hospitals need more than our thanks; they need personal protective equipment, testing supplies, and financial support,” said Underwood. “The funding provided by the CARES Act Health Provider Relief Fund will help Illinois health care providers meet urgent supply needs and ensure that health care workers can do their jobs safely.” 


“Lurie Children’s is deeply grateful for the support that Congress has been providing to hospitals during the pandemic, including $18.2 million that we received from the CARES ACT,” said Dr. Tom Shanley, President and CEO of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “Like all hospitals, we complied with the State’s stay-at-home policy, and cancelled surgeries and ambulatory activities, and are now facing a $160 million loss by August 31. Although we are taking measures to mitigate these losses including cutting expenditures and executive pay, we count on the critical support of the Illinois Delegation as we work to safeguard freestanding Children’s hospitals. We are heartened by the opportunities created in CARES 3.5 and potentially a fourth COVID relief bill to sustain the mission of these treasured institutions which take care of our nation’s sickest and most medically complex and socially vulnerable children.”