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Why States Need to Follow the Federal Money to Hospitals

This commentary discusses the need for states to be sound stewards of taxpayer dollars and why the need to do so now is particularly acute as states confront financial landscapes devastated by the pandemic.

Federal investments are providing relief to unemployed workers, small businesses, schools and universities, hospitals, and other health care providers. Additional funding is directed to governors to parse out in a manner that further mitigates need. The challenge is understanding that need in light of direct grants to providers so funds – whether from federal appropriation, state general funds, or other grants – can be put to the most effective use.

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