WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund 280 Kentucky nursing facilities with a total of $41,007,500 to support increased testing, staffing and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). The federal funding was made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“Kentucky’s seniors need our help, especially during the coronavirus crisis. I’m proud the CARES Act continues delivering urgent assistance for nursing homes to help protect the residents and caregivers,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Like all of Kentucky’s healthcare heroes, these facilities’ workers are courageously working to keep our loved ones safe. I’d like to extend my gratitude, and, as Senate Majority Leader, I’ll continue working to provide for them.”
This announcement follows the nearly $130 million McConnell announced for Kentucky’s nursing facilities in May. So far, Kentucky’s healthcare workers have received more than $1.3 billion from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.
“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to HHS and Leader McConnell for their decisive support and leadership during this unprecedented time,” said Betsy Johnson, president of Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities and Kentucky Center for Assisted Living. “These payments for nursing homes are necessary to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources to protect our residents and staff from COVID-19. We are thankful for the priority shown to those most vulnerable to the virus.”
“We’re grateful to Senator McConnell for his leadership as we battle the coronavirus,” said Signature HealthCARE President and CEO Joe Steier. “We are proud of Signature’s recovery rates, which have been in the thousands. However, Kentucky long term care providers continue to face enormous challenges each day, just to stay atop of the ever changing COVID-19 course. We’ll continue working to provide high quality resident care, keep staff safe, and have a positive impact and image in the communities we serve.”
In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had a $12 billion impact in Kentucky so far.