Schatz: Hawai‘i Hospitals And Providers Receiving More Than $33 Million To Stay Operational And Cover Cost Of COVID Testing, Treatment
HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that 55 health care providers in Hawai‘i will receive $33,205,143 in new federal funding to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funds will cover lost revenue due to delayed or canceled non-emergent services or procedures, as well as additional health care expenses attributable to the coronavirus, including testing, treating patients, and instituting preventive measures.
“Hawai‘i's hospitals and health care workers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and these federal dollars will be a big help,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “While we expect more federal funding to flow to Hawai‘i, I will continue fighting to keep our hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers up and running during the pandemic.”
The new funding is part of the $100 billion grant program for health care providers in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The initial $30 billion of this program was distributed earlier this month and included $132,536,076 in direct federal funding to 1,776 health care providers in Hawai‘i. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be making additional disbursements of grants. In addition, the recently enacted Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act included an additional $75 billion in grants for health care providers as well as $25 billion specifically for testing.
More information on federal support for Hawai‘i health care providers can be found on Senator Schatz’s online resource guide: schatz.senate.gov/coronavirus.