Case Announces More than $130 Million in Initial Emergency Assistance for Hawaii’s Healthcare Providers to Address COVID-19
1,776 Healthcare providers to share in initial funding from the CARES Act
Washington, April 10, 2020
Tags: Health Care
(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today announced that $132,536,076 is being paid to Hawaii’s healthcare providers to help them address the public health emergency triggered by COVID-19. The funding comes from the $2.2 trillion CARES Act enacted by Congress on March 27 and immediately signed into law by the President.
"Ever since this pandemic hit our shores, our healthcare providers and their entire ‘ohana have been on the front lines caring for those stricken by the disease, as well as working to prevent the virus from spreading,” said Case. “In our CARES Act, Congress aimed to get them urgently needed funding to expand their essential efforts safely and quickly.”
Case said this initial funding will be split among the 1,776 healthcare facilities and providers throughout Hawai’i that received Medicare fee for services reimbursements in 2019. It was targeted to this segment of our healthcare community because of established lines of direct payment and urgency. The payments are expected by direct deposit today and in the next few days.
The funding is the first tranche of the CARES Act’s $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund aimed at emergency assistance specifically to the nation’s healthcare and social services providers. The remaining $70 billion is expected to be paid within weeks to other providers segments as well including those serving Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and the uninsured.
Case noted today’s award comes on the heels of his earlier announcement that 14 community health centers throughout the state will share in more than $10 million in emergency assistance from other provisions of the CARES Act.
"These are critical and urgent resources to maintain our health care system across Hawai’i through the worst of this crisis,” said Case. “In the weeks ahead, the full resources of my office will remain focused on working with my federal, state, local and community colleagues to get all of this assistance to where it is needed as fast and comprehensively as possible.