The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that applications are now open for the remaining $150 million in COVID Health Care Response Grants. The funding for this grant program was passed by the Legislature last month. Learn more about this program and how to apply here.
While there is no deadline for applying, MDH is anticipating many requests for this funding and encourages those interested to apply as soon as possible. Along with hospitals and clinics, providers working in ambulance services, pharmacies, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities are eligible for these grants. We know that Minnesotans in and out of the health care field are concerned with costs associated with COVID-19, which is why as a condition of accepting a grant, the provider must agree not to bill uninsured patients for the cost of COVID-19 screening, testing, or treatment. If a patient is out-of-network, the provider must agree to accept the median network rate as payment in full.
Some of the activities these grants may be used for include:
- Establishment and operation of temporary sites to provide testing services, to provide treatment beds, or to isolate or quarantine affected individuals
- Staff overtime, hiring additional staff, training and orientation
- Purchasing consumable protective or treatment supplies and equipment to protect or treat staff, visitors, and patients
- Development and implementation of screening and testing procedures
- Patient outreach activities
- Additional emergency transportation of patients
- Temporary IT and systems costs to support patient triage, screening, and telemedicine activities
MDH also announced the recipients of the $50 million in emergency health care grants to address short-term COVID-related needs. This money will go to about 350 organizations statewide, largely to cover costs related to staffing, equipment, and supplies like personal protective equipment. The full list of grantee recipients can be found here.