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Governor and Lt. Governor Join Red Cross and Yale New Haven Hospital in Appeal for Blood Donors

The American Red Cross is reporting a critical shortage in the nation’s blood supply, causing hospitals and elected officials to join the call for blood donors.  Governor Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz joined leadership from Yale New Haven Health and Red Cross officials at Yale New Haven Hospital this week to talk about this winter’s blood supply crisis, which the Red Cross says is the worst in more than a decade.  The pandemic has caused a tamping down of donor activity. In addition, some blood drives have had to be canceled due to winter weather or lack of staff to collect the donations during the omicron surge.  There is no substitute for blood, and for trauma victims, cancer patients and others requiring transfusions, the availability of blood is a matter of life and death.  To find a blood donation site or blood drive near you visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org.


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CHA Outlines Federal Priorities for Congressional Delegation

On Monday, January 24, CHA wrote to members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation advocating for additional and immediate support in the omnibus budget bill being considered in Congress and by the Administration.  Specifically, CHA requested:

  • Disbursing quickly the remaining dollars in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and adding $25 billion to the fund
  • Extending the Medicare sequester relief until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency or December 31, 2022, whichever is later
  • Giving hospitals more time to repay funds received through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Accelerated and Advance Payments Programs
  • Providing relief for any hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program that had to leave the program due to changes in their patient mix as a result of the pandemic


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CHA Asks Congressional Delegation to Join Call for Investigation Into Nurse Staffing Agency Pricing

Four members of Congress from Connecticut joined nearly 200 others in a call for The White House to investigate the vastly inflated prices hospitals are being charged by nurse staffing organizations to temporarily fill vacancies caused by the pandemic.  CHA had written to the Connecticut delegation to urge them to sign on to the letter, citing rates that are two or three times the pre-pandemic rate for traveling nurses.  Hospitals have no choice but to pay the ballooning rates, in order to staff beds needed to care for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.


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