CORONAVIRUS: Emergency Funds for Hospitals, Community Health Centers, Local Government Programs, & the Commonwealth
To help the Commonwealth and municipalities address the costs of the pandemic in the face of declining revenue, Congress has so far passed $150 billion to state and local governments across the country, including $8 billion for tribal governments. Each state will receive a minimum of $1.5 billion, with Massachusetts estimated to receive $2.67 billion.
The CARES Act included a total of $100 billion nationwide for health care providers, including hospitals and other health centers, to recoup costs associated with providing COVID-19 care. Massachusetts will receive a share of these funds. The CARES Act also includes a total of $1.3 billion in emergency funding for our nation’s community health centers.
The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the fourth and most recent law to respond to COVID-19) includes an additional $75 billion for health care providers, building on the $100 billion provided in the CARES Act. It also includes a $25 billion fund to boost COVID-19 testing capacity nationwide, $11 billion of which will be direct funding for state and local governments. Massachusetts, which has been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19, will be eligible for these testing funds.
Massachusetts transit agencies will receive just over $1 billion dollars in CARES Act funds to help sustain service. Additionally, the Commonwealth will also receive:
- Approximately $45 million in additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant to support child care for essential employees
- $280 million in emergency financial aid for college students (distributed through their Institutions of Higher Education)
- An estimated $215 million for K-12 education
- $50 million for the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund
- Approximately $17.2 million in additional funding for the Department of Justice Byrne JAG grant program to support law enforcement
- A share of the $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to respond to economic and housing impacts
- A share of the $4 billion for Emergency Solutions Grants to provide emergency shelter and safety needs for individuals experiencing homelessness
- A share of the $900 million in additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help communities manage energy and weatherization costs
- And a share of the $300 million in assistance for fishermen and their families.
We will update this page as further programmatic details are available from federal agencies and to reflect the most current information about state and federal resources.