Greg Walden: 'This is good news for rural Oregon'
Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they are awarding an additional $172,109,975 to 165 health care facilities in Oregon. This funding is in addition to the over $300 million Oregon has already received from HHS.
The funding comes from the $100 billion that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act designated for provider relief. This wave of funding is targeted towards coronavirus hot-spots and rural areas. Nationwide, HHS awarded $12 billion to providers in hot-spots and $10 billion to providers in rural areas, which includes the over $172 million for Oregon.
"This funding provides another life-line to our rural healthcare providers. Moreover, this money coupled with the ability of those providers to begin to provide elective medical procedures means Oregonians will soon have access to important health care services they’ve not been able to receive during this lockdown. I commend the Administration for listening to the concerns of rural hospitals and providing them this necessary funding as well as for the administration's recent decision to make them eligible for the PPP program. In our part of Oregon, the hospitals and clinics are often the largest, local employers, which is why I advocated for changing the rules so they could qualify for the Payroll Protection Program. As a member of President Trump’s bipartisan task force on reopening the economy, I am committed to ensuring our health care providers, as well as our small businesses, have the resources they need when the governor decides it’s time to safely reopen Oregon,” said Walden.
In addition to this funding, HHS has already distributed $70 billion nationwide. Learn more here.