WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $98.5 million in funding for Louisiana Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) impacted by COVID-19:

“I applaud the Trump Administration for awarding over $98 million in funding to nursing homes in Louisiana. Nursing homes are an important part of our health care system, and this funding will provide additional resources to help these facilities care for their residents and protect health care workers on the front lines of the fight against this pandemic.”

Whip Scalise recently signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to request that HHS allow nursing facilities to qualify for a portion of the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) grant funding that was provided by both the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

Today’s funding announcement by HHS supplements previously announced provider relief funds, and will be used to support nursing homes suffering from significant expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19. Louisiana will receive 256 payments totaling $98,475,000 in funding.

HHS will make relief fund distributions to SNFs based on both a fixed basis and variable basis. Each SNF will receive a fixed distribution of $50,000, plus a distribution of $2,500 per bed. All certified SNFs with six or more certified beds are eligible for this targeted distribution. Nursing home recipients must attest that they will only use Provider Relief Fund payments for permissible purposes, as set forth in the Terms and Conditions, and agree to comply with future government audit and reporting requirements.