The spending bill recently approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama includes provisions important to Marylanders ("For better or worse, spending bill passes," Dec. 15). Thanks to the hard work of Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, federal funding has been secured to help Maryland's hospitals prepare for and treat Ebola patients. As the bill was being crafted, the Maryland Hospital Association and the state's three designated Ebola treatment centers — University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center — which were among the first to step up to serve nationally, briefed Maryland congressional staff on the costs of Ebola preparation, noting that treating a single Ebola patient costs upward of $1 million and preparing to treat them costs millions more. The funding provided is critical to making sure we are doing all we can to isolate, contain and treat this deadly disease. That means Maryland's hospitals will be there for you.