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Schatz: 18 Hawai‘i Health Care Providers To Receive More Than $1 Million In Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding To Cover Pandemic-Related Costs, Help Families Get Health Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that 18 health care providers in Hawai‘i will receive $1,182,796 in federal COVID-19 relief funding to cover pandemic-related costs and continue providing health care for kids and families throughout the state. The funding supports smaller health care providers, with a specific focus on those serving Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program, and Medicare beneficiaries.

“This new federal funding will make sure our health care providers have the resources they need to cover costs related to the pandemic and support health care workers, so that kids and families across Hawai‘i can continue to get high-quality care,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The new funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the $178 billion Provider Relief Fund, established and funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. Health care providers can use these funds to respond to COVID-19, as well as for recruitment and retention efforts to address workforce shortages or staff burnout. The new funding follows a January announcement of more than $30 million to 34 Hawai‘i health care providers serving the same beneficiaries.