Hospitals in disaster areas may have to fight for federal funds

October 24, 2017

Healthcare facilities in California, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may not find the federal government will be as willing to provide all the funds they need to rebuild, according to an article on the Fierce Healthcare website.

Over the last 10 years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied appeals for more than $1 billion requested by local governments and nonprofit groups to rebuild after major disasters.

Common reasons for denials of disaster aid are that it doesn’t meet the agency’s definition of an “immediate threat” to life or property.

Some denials dispute whether damaged buildings should be replaced or repaired and whether the damage was caused by prior neglect, not by the actual disaster.

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