Damage from Delays: Trump Administration Slow to Distribute COVID-19 Relief as Hospitals Forced to Furlough Workers [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Executive Summary: "This report finds that rising costs associated with treating COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] patients combined with the inability to perform revenue-generating elective surgeries is pushing hospitals toward insolvency. Many hospitals that were already financially vulnerable are the only medical provider serving rural and low-income communities and are at especially high risk of closure. The report also assesses financial challenges impacting the health care industry and their effect on the entire public health response. Frontline workers, their families, the larger medical care community, and the public they serve all feel the effects. The health care workforce has seen unprecedented job losses and hospitals continue to furlough, lay off, and reduce the salaries of employees even as their operational demands increase. Although most cuts fell on employees not directly treating COVID-19 patients, frontline medical workers have also been impacted."
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/