HHS Announces Additional CARES Act Funds for Nursing Homes

On August 7, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that nursing homes and long-term care facilities will receive an additional $5 billion in payments from the Provider Relief Fund. $2.5 billion will support increased testing, staffing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs, and establishment of COVID-19 isolation facilities. The remaining $2.5 billion will be linked to nursing home performance, which will consider the prevalence of COVID-19 in the nursing home’s local geography and the facility’s ability within this framework to control COVID-19 spread and related fatalities among its residents.

Kentucky Area Development Districts to Receive $6 Million in CARES Act Funding

On August 12, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear announced that $6 million in funding from the CARES Act will go to reimburse Kentucky’s fifteen Area Development Districts (ADDs) for costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Each ADD can expect approximately $392,000 to fund regional disaster economic recovery coordinates, develop disaster resiliency and recovery plans, improve short-term and long-term economic development plans and coordination, provide technical assistance and capacity building for local governments and businesses impacted by COVID-19, and offer organizational support for COVID-19 responses.On August 13, Governor Beshear also announced that fifteen Eastern Kentucky local governments will receive nearly $4 million in CARES Act funds for expenses related to COVID-19.