Democratic U.S. Reps. Dwight Evans, Brendan Boyle, and Madeleine Dean and Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick sent a request Friday to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking for support for safety-net hospitals — including those in the Philadelphia region — that are at risk of experiencing patient surges.

Their letter calls on the heads of the two federal agencies to ensure that such hospitals get CARES Act priority funding.

“We respectfully request that the method through which these funds are distributed prioritize hospitals with the greatest immediate need, including those operating in underserved communities,” the lawmakers said in the letter.

The letter points to Philadelphia as an area with already high levels of uncompensated care, and notes that White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx said earlier this week that Philadelphia may become a virus “hot spot.”

City health officials don’t think that’s as likely as the national officials make it sound.  Friday morning at Temple University’s Liacouras Center, which has been prepared to serve as an overflow facility if Philly hospitals experience that surge, city Managing Director Brian Abernathy said that although the number of positive coronavirus cases in Philadelphia may be declining, the city is still a regional hub, meaning its health system could possibly receive patients from Delaware, northern Maryland, and southern New Jersey.

Rep. Evans and Boyle serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the national health care system.