Ohio hospitals got $4B from CARES Act, but ink still running red

Alonzo Osche

Cincinnati-area hospitals got nearly $700 million and all of Ohio received $4 billion from emergency federal pandemic spending known as the CARES Act. Local hospital leaders say the sector would be in a far deeper hole now without that help. “Republicans and Democrats both root for their community hospitals,” said […]

Cincinnati-area hospitals got nearly $700 million and all of Ohio received $4 billion from emergency federal pandemic spending known as the CARES Act. Local hospital leaders say the sector would be in a far deeper hole now without that help.

“Republicans and Democrats both root for their community hospitals,” said Mike Abrams, president and chief executive officer of the 240-member industry group the Ohio Hospital Association. “No one wants to see the local hospital go under.”

The new coronavirus pandemic put an unprecedented financial strain on one-sixth of the economy just as humans needed their hospitals the most. In March 2020, to protect the hospitals as they confronted the first surge of COVID-19, Ohio ordered a six-week pause to nonessential surgery and procedures as part of the overall state shutdown.

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