Pennsylvania Fast-Tracks $225 million in COVID-19 aid to hospitals – NBC10 Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania State Senate has spent $225 million to help hospitals struggling to keep in-person staff because the omicron variant of the coronavirus has left hospitals packed with unvaccinated patients.

The bill received support from Governor Tom Wolf and House leaders, and is expected to receive a final House vote on Wednesday. The money is from federal pandemic relief signed by President Joe Biden last March.

Under the bill, $100 million would be distributed to acute care hospitals on a per-bed basis, amounting to about $2,800 per bed, according to the Appropriations Committee analysis.

Another $110 million will be distributed to hospitals serving rural and poorer areas, hospitals with a high percentage of Medicaid patients, and facilities that provide behavioral health services to inpatients. accommodation, giving them an extra $4,400 per bed.

This payment is intended for employees involved in direct patient care, environmental services, or medical care, and not for executives, contracted staff, or administrators.

Employee retention payments must be made within three months and recruitment payments within six months.

Another $15 million will be earmarked for a state program begun during the pandemic to repay student loans for nurses, up to $7,500 each.

State officials said the initial amount spent on it — $5 million — was not nearly enough to accommodate thousands of applications. Pennsylvania Fast-Tracks $225 million in COVID-19 aid to hospitals – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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