A coalition of lawmakers is asking the Health and Human Services Department to provide immediate assistance to rural hospitals and clinics. 

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, 122 lawmakers asked the Trump administration to provide financial aid included in the CARES Act to help rural hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The legislation includes new funding to provide financial relief for hospitals. 

The lawmakers point out that many rural hospitals have ceased performing elective procedures and seeing non-urgent patients. 

Lawmakers say the rural hospitals know the COVID-19 emergency confronting the U.S. must take precedence. 

However, these actions threaten rural hospitals’ financial viability. 

The letter states, “We are hearing from rural hospitals from across the country that have only days left of cash-on-hand – money needed for payroll and supplies.” 

The lawmakers say, “now it is up to the administration to respond with rapid action to sustain rural providers,” adding “any unnecessary delay will only worsen this situation.”