GOP Lawmakers Probe HHS Over Alleged Improper Distribution of COVID-19 Funds

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, and Rep. Nick Langworthy (R-N.Y.) have initiated an investigation in response to reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) improperly allocated COVID-19 relief funds intended to assist low-income hospitals.
In an April 11 letter (pdf) to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Republican lawmakers emphasized that the HHS funneled billions of taxpayer dollars to highly profitable hospitals in affluent areas, while rural hospitals struggled to provide quality care while facing bankruptcy. The committee requested all documents and communications pertaining to HHS’s decision-making process for funding hospitals and providers….

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