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‘Shortsighted’ Lack of Healthcare Funding in Stimulus Package, Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Says

Liz Lerner

There’s been a lot of talk about what’s in the federal stimulus package, but one thing that’s missing is meaningful aid for hospitals, according to a local health care executive.

Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Mike Lauf said a section on rural providers may benefit the Cape, but overall, there’s not much in the package for providers who’ve done direct care of COVID-19 patients.

“There is next to no help for health care providers in this new stimulus round,” he said. “I think it was shortsighted at best.”

He said Cape Cod Healthcare has been the region’s safety net, even as the rest of the world was shutting down.

The hospitals opened specialized units, developed negative-pressure rooms, and spent millions of dollars on personal protective gear, such as masks and face shields.

As for the rural funding, the industry publication Home Health Care News reports the package includes money for at-home care and hospice.