STAT+: Hospitals, including some flush with cash, scramble to grab last scraps of federal Covid dollars

Hospitals, including some flush with cash, are using their muscle in Washington to catch whatever dollars are left from a nearly depleted Covid relief fund.

This month, executives at Freeman Health System, a three-hospital system based in Joplin, Mo., hired a lobbyist to get what they believe the system deserves: more Covid cash.

Executives wanted to know why Freeman hasn’t gotten more money from the $187 billion pool of taxpayer money that has helped ease the pandemic-related shocks for hospitals, doctors, and other providers. Freeman stated in a lobbying disclosure that it hadn’t been paid from the latest tranche despite “several months of waiting without any explanation from the federal government.”

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