Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced $742,225,306 for Maryland hospitals and health care providers to help cover the cost of responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF).
“Maryland’s hospitals and health care providers are taking extraordinary steps to protect public health and save lives,” the delegation said. “Cost constraints and the need to operate within existing funding structures must not inhibit their ability to respond effectively. Future distributions from the PHSSEF fund must be allocated in a transparent manner, focus on hotspots like the Baltimore-Washington Corridor and recognize the essential role of other health care providers who treat vulnerable and low-income populations.”
Approximately $400 million will be allocated to hospitals and $342 million to outpatient health care providers. These awards represent Maryland’s share of the initial $30 billion awarded nationwide today. Congress allocated a total of $100 billion for the program, the remainder of which will be disbursed at a later date.