Sen. Jack Reed announces $658,000 boost for health care providers in RI

Senator Jack Reed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced that health care providers in rural areas will get $658,385 in federal funding.

Provided by the American Rescue Plan to give families healthcare across RI, The funding will make payouts to 88 local health care providers and suppliers.

“COVID-19 impacts us all and this federal funding will help ensure that health care practitioners who serve patients from rural areas can continue to reliably serve them and help combat this pandemic,” said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “Many rural communities face unique challenges in accessing quality health care.  I am committed to ensuring every Rhode Islander can get the care they need and will continue working hard to support our health care providers and ease the financial burdens caused by the pandemic.  This federal funding will help deliver better care to more residents.”

The grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and given out by the Health Resources and Service Administration under the Provider Relief Fund. This is being done to support health care workers who struggled during the pandemic and will be used to pay salaries, recruit workers, get supplies, or cover expenses relating to COVID-19.  All providers nationwide that serve at least one Medicaid Medicare or Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiary will receive at least $500. Payments are based on how many claims providers submit for patients covered by the programs during January 2019 into September 2020.

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