Kentucky hospitals to receive $1.8M for COVID-19 research

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation, an arm of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), will receive $1.8 million to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday.

The federal funding, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The Kentucky Hospital Association is delighted to learn of these much needed grants to our hospitals and to the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation,” said KHA President Nancy Galvagni. “KHA would like to thank Senator McConnell and the Trump administration for providing these vital funds which will support health care in areas of critical need during the coronavirus pandemic.”

In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had an $11 billion impact in Kentucky so far. The legislation has delivered $3.6 billion in relief to address urgent housing, transportation, healthcare, education and economic development priorities. The legislation also created the Paycheck Protection Program, which is helping more than 45,000 Kentucky small businesses access over $5 billion in loans to keep their lights on and employees on payroll. Kentucky families have also received more than $3.2 billion in Economic Impact Payments from the U.S. Treasury.