Colorado Delegation Members Renew Push for Assistance for Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics

April 24, 2020
Press Release
Demand answers and action from the SBA to ensure Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics are eligible for assistance under the CARES Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) are renewing their call for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide regulatory certainty and ensure that Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are eligible for certain Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act assistance, particularly through the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Congress approved an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, and the Colorado delegation members are demanding answers as to why no action has been taken to ensure CAHs and RHCs are eligible for this relief.

“We are writing to ask for a response and immediate attention to our April 2, 2020 letter to request that the Small Business Administration ensure that Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) who have facilities owned or operated by counties or districts are eligible for the SBA loan assistance programs provided by H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It is unacceptable that it has been over 20 days since we sent that letter and there has been no response or regulatory relief for these critical health care providers,” wrote the members of the Colorado congressional delegation. “In light of Congress’ bipartisan work to resupply the Paycheck Protection Program with $310 billion and provide additional opportunities for small businesses to support the employees and communities they serve, we request immediate attention to our request that regulatory action ensure CAHs and RHCs are eligible for the relevant CARES Act loan programs.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055