California’s hospitals ask Newsom for $1 billion to help recover from coronavirus impact

California hospitals have suffered short-term losses of $10 billion to $14 billion in revenue alone and face long-term financial upheaval as a result of measures taken to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients, leaders of the California Hospital Association announced Thursday.

CHA President Carmela Coyle said her association sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday, asking for $1 billion in financial assistance out of the state’s current fiscal budgets. The organization’s leaders say they expect to speak with the governor in a call later today.

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