$130 Million in New Federal Funds Headed to Hawai‘i for Hospitals and Healthcare
US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i is set to receive more than $130 million in new federal funding to help local hospitals and health care providers respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we continue to fight against this pandemic, these new federal dollars will be a big help to Hawai‘i’s frontline health care workers,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “We expect to see more federal money flow to Hawai‘i’s health care providers in the coming weeks, and I will continue to fight for more federal resources at every opportunity to help our state get through this.”
The new funding–part of the $100 billion grant program for health care providers in the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act–includes $132,536,076 in direct federal funding to 1,776 health care providers in Hawai‘i. The US Department of Health and Human Services today made $30 billion of the $100 billion available across the country, and will be disbursing the remaining $70 billion soon. In addition, providers also have access to millions more in federal loans.
Earlier this week, Hawai‘i received more than $10 million to support community health centers across the state.
The new federal dollars are in addition to the at least $4 billion Senator Schatz announced Hawai‘i would be expected to receive to help families, workers, organizations and local governments.