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More hospitals are tapping into billions of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to offset costs for caring for Covid-19 patients.

This spigot of taxpayer money can be directed toward things like workers’ overtime wages and contract labor — the specific costs hospitals have said have drained their budgets this year. As a result, the funds have helped hospitals that are struggling to get by, but also have padded the income of large and wealthy systems that have weathered the pandemic with relatively little financial stress.

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