Over 85% of Funding Available for COVID Response Has Not Been Disbursed

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 13, President Trump issued an emergency declaration for all 50 states and Congress appropriated approximately $85 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund which will pay for 75% of all eligible COVID-19 related expenses. As of the end of June, only $10 billion, or 12% had been appropriated.

For purposes of eligibility, FEMA will consider non-congregate sheltering for health and medical-related needs, such as isolation and quarantine resulting from the public health emergency. Eligible facilities include hospitals, outpatient facilities, rehabilitation facilities and long-term care facilities. The National Law Review summarized what’s covered, how to apply and can answer some frequently asked questions: https://www.natlawreview.com/article/fema-relief-hospitals-and-health-systems-what-s-covered-and-how-to-apply.

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