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Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

  • The CARES Act provides $127 billion for medical response efforts, including:
    • $100 billion for a new program to provide grants to hospitals, public entities, not-for-profit entities, and Medicare and Medicaid enrolled suppliers and institutional providers to cover unreimbursed health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to the public health emergency resulting from the coronavirus.  The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is developing grant application mechanisms.
    • Hospital Preparedness Program - $250 million to fundthe National Ebola and Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), regional, State and local special pathogens treatment centers, and hospital preparedness cooperative agreements. For more information, visit the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Public Health Emergency website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • The CARES Act provides $4.3 billion to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, including:
    • $1.5 billion to support grants and/or cooperative agreements with States, locals, territories, and tribes in their efforts to conduct public health activities, including:
      • Purchase of personal protective equipment;
      • Surveillance for coronavirus;
      • Laboratory testing to detect positive cases;
      • Contact tracing to identify additional cases;
      • Infection control and mitigation at the local level to prevent the spread of the virus; and o other public health preparedness and response activities.
      • Funding allocated via formula to New Mexico Department of Health.
      • Every grantee that received a Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant for fiscal year 2019 will receive not less than 100 percent of that grant level.
      • $1.5 billion in flexible funding to support CDC’s continuing efforts to contain and combat the virus, including repatriation and quarantine efforts, purchase and distribution of diagnostic test kits (including for state and local public health agencies) and support for laboratory testing, workforce training programs, combating antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic resistant bacteria as a result of secondary infections related to COVID-19, and communicating with and informing public, state, local, and tribal governments and healthcare institutions.  CDC will develop a mechanism to award funds to areas most affected. More information can be found on the CDC COVID-19 Funding website.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • The CARES Act provides HRSA $275 million for uses including:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • The CARES Act provides $425 million to increase access to mental health services in our communities, including:
    • $250,000,000 for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant program.
    • $50,000,000 for Suicide prevention programs.
    • $100,000,000 emergency response spending that can target support where it is most needed, such as outreach to those experiencing homelessness.
    • $15,000,000 for Tribes & Health or behavioral health service providers to tribes.
    • More information can be found on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration COVID-19 website.

Expansion of the Medicare Hospital Accelerated Payment Program (Sec. 3719)

  • This program allows an eligible hospitals, medical providers and suppliers to request accelerated payments on a lump sum or periodic basis if they are experiencing significant cash flow problems resulting from operations of its intermediary or unusual circumstances. More information can be found through the CMS Fact Sheet.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Connected Care Pilot Program

  • This program, which will recieve $200 million, will support efforts of health care providers to address COVID-19 by using telehealth to connect with patients. This is a competitive program. Program Guidelines are being developed. 

FCC Rural Health Care Program

  • This program provides funding to eligible health care providers for telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of health care. More information can be found on the FCC Rural Health Care Program website.

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