May 20, 2020
On May 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed $225 million for COVID-19 testing in rural communities, $11.8 million of which went to 239 rural health clinics (RHCs) in Illinois. This funding came through the April 24 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which specifically directed these monies to be allocated to RHCs.
“The funding may be used for a wide range COVID-19 testing and related expenses including planning for implementation of a COVID-19 testing program, procuring supplies to provide testing, training providers and staff on COVID-19 testing procedures, and reporting data to HHS on COVID-19 testing activities,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Tom Engels.
HHS also awarded $500,000 for COVID-19 testing technical assistance, such as providing guidance for the implementation and management of testing programs. IHA will publish additional information on the receipt and use of these funds as it is released.