Rural health clinics will receive almost $425 million in funds from the Health and Human Services Department to improve Covid-19 testing and mitigation, the HHS told Bloomberg Law Friday.
The funding will be aimed at increasing Covid-19 testing and expanding access for rural residents. The funding came from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law March 11.
About 4,200 rural health clinics will each receive $100,000. Rural health clinics are specially designated sites by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“Today’s funding will make it possible for more rural residents to access COVID-19 testing and will support and empower local community responses to COVID-19 so we can continue to turn the tide on this public health emergency,” Health Resources and Services Administration Acting Administrator Diana Espinosa said in a statement.
“The Biden-Harris Administration recognizes Rural Health Clinics as critical partners in closing health equity gaps, especially related to COVID-19,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Today’s investments will help Rural Health Clinics keep and expand COVID-19 testing and mitigation services for people in rural parts of the country, including those who live in our nation’s underserved communities.”
The department plans to award an additional $35 million to clinics later this summer.