06 March 2020 – Provided $4 billion for public health prevention and response programs across government

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Health services
Sectors Involved: Public services
Level of Jurisdiction: Federal
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The U.S. Congress funded $950 million for state and local public health preparedness grants through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of phase 1 legislation. States were to receive no less than $4.5 million each for coronavirus efforts.

Phase 1 legislation also replenished the CDC”s Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund with $300 million. The funds had already been used to combat COVID-19.

Phase 1 legislation also included $100 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the Department of Health and Human Services for grants under the Health Center Program, which seeks to improve health care for geographically isolated people and those deemed economically or medically vulnerable.

Phase 3 legislation provided a further $4.3 billion in funding for various CDC programs and response efforts, as well as $20 billion for veteran healthcare services and $16 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile to acquire materials such as ventilators and masks.
Full details here: https://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/update-on-coronavirus-response