O’Halleran Calls on HHS to Quickly Disperse Funding for Rural, Tribal, Medically Underserved Areas

April 10, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging him to ensure that funding for rural, tribal, and medically underserved communities allocated under the CARES Act is quickly and efficiently dispersed.

“In Arizona’s First District, the Flagstaff Medical Center is quickly running out of N95 masks and may need additional personnel to meet increased demand. Equally concerning is the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment available to first responders in Arizona, like those at Northwest Fire District, which serves the southernmost parts of my district,” said O’Halleran. “Most troubling of all is the developing situation on the Navajo Nation, where cases are spreading rapidly, and little federal attention is being paid.”

As of last night, there were 558 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Nation, roughly 18% of total cases in the state of Arizona. View O’Halleran’s letter, here.

“First District families cannot afford to wait, and we must ensure that rural and tribal communities are not being overlooked in our national response efforts,” continued O’Halleran. “I will continue collecting information from Arizona families, businesses, health care workers, and state, local, and tribal governments to see what is urgently needed.”