Gardner Commends HHS Decision to Dedicate Funding to Rural Hospitals

Gardner has consistently advocated for more support for rural hospitals

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) commended the announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the next tranche of CARES Act funding will include $10 billion set aside solely for rural hospitals and clinics. On April 10, Gardner and members of the Colorado delegation wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging more funding for rural hospitals, which provide irreplaceable care to the rural communities they serve and are facing significant revenue challenges due to COVID-19. 

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on rural hospital budgets, especially as many were struggling with low margins prior to the pandemic,” said Senator Gardner. “I am pleased that the Administration listened to my call, along with other members of the Colorado delegation, to direct funding to rural providers. These funds are an important step, and I will keep fighting for providers on the front lines of COVID-19 and the health needs of rural Colorado.”

Colorado received $361 million from HHS on April 10 in the initial wave of funding provided by the CARES Act.

Senator Gardner is fighting to keep rural hospitals open during COVID-19:

  • After the initial round of HHS funding, Gardner and members of the Colorado delegation wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging more funding for rural hospitals on the brink of financial collapse because of COVID-19.
  • Senator Gardner, Senator Bennet, and Governor Polis made a unified request for critical improvements to the CARES Act to better support Coloradans, including making clear Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other rural health care providers are able to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • Gardner and members of the Colorado congressional delegation urged the Small Business Administration (SBA)to ensure Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are eligible for certain assistance, particularly the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • In March, Gardner and Bennet unveiled new legislation to help sustain Colorado’s rural hospitals and providers while alleviating pressure on urban hospitals.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.