SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM)--Congressman Richard Neal, State Representative and chair of the Means and Ways Committee hosted a virtual Town Hall Wednesday to provide an update on the American Rescue Plan.
The event was moderated by Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle. Congressman Neal provided more details on how the American Rescue Plan will improve healthcare by providing funds for hospitals and helping those who lost their health benefits due to loss of employment during the pandemic.
"I want to ensure that we continue a steady flow of money to our hospitals which did pretty well during the pandemic. They were on the front lines. But also to understand that expanding cobra and the subsidies that were such an important part of what the president proposed is essential going forward," Neal said.
Neal went on to say the funding provided from the American Rescue Plan also gives local jurisdictions flexibility to determine their own priorities to grow their regional economies.