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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Co-Leads Effort to Secure Robust Funding for Healthcare Worker Mental Health In House-Passed American Rescue Plan

February 27, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes critical funding for frontline health care workers struggling with the mental toll of caring for patients during a once-in-a-century pandemic. Since U.S. hospitals were first overrun with COVID-19 patients last spring, Congressman Krishnamoorthi has called for resources to help these heroes manage the severe distress, anxiety, and burnout they have continuously endured.

“After nearly one full year since COVID-19 reached the U.S. and bombarded our health care system, I am thrilled that the House of Representatives today passed legislation that would provide $40 million for providers to establish, enhance, or expand programs to promote mental and behavioral health among their workers,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said. “I have enjoyed working on this important issue with a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of leaders such as Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA), and I look forward to the American Rescue Plan expeditiously passing the Senate and President Biden signing it into law so these heroes can finally access the support they deserve.”

“I’m proud to work with my colleague Congressman Krishnamoorthi in securing this critical funding,” Congresswoman Wild said. “He’s a leader in congress on improving mental health care, which is sorely needed for our health care heroes who suffer from high rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide.”

Last May, Congressman Krishnamoorthi led 90 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to House leadership calling for the inclusion of mental health resources for healthcare workers in the next COVID-19 relief package. He then introduced the bipartisan Coronavirus Health Care Worker Wellness Act, a bill to authorize grants to health care providers to establish or expand programs dedicated to promoting the mental wellness of their workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to commission a comprehensive, multi-year study on health care worker mental health and burnout, including the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. This Congress, Congressman Krishnamoorthi is working with a bipartisan, bicameral coalition to ensure robust mental health resources for healthcare workers are distributed across the country.