U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation, an arm of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), will receive $1,805,649 to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Kentucky’s health care professionals have courageously responded to COVID-19 as we continue to learn more about the virus and its effects," the senator said in a release. "I’m proud my CARES Act is delivering federal funding to promote research and understanding of the challenges we face. I recently had the chance to personally thank some of Kentucky’s medical workers for their brave efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy. I’ll continue working as Senate Majority Leader to provide the resources to support their inspirational mission.”
The federal funding, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to the release, McConnell introduced the CARES Act, which became the largest economic rescue package in history, and led it to enactment in about a week.
During the Senate’s recent state work period, McConnell visited health care workers throughout Kentucky to thank them for their work on the frontlines of this crisis.
“The Kentucky Hospital Association is delighted to learn of these much needed grants to our hospitals and to the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation,” KHA President Nancy Galvagni said in the release. “KHA would like to thank Senator McConnell and the Trump administration for providing these vital funds which will support health care in areas of critical need during the coronavirus pandemic.”
In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had an $11 billion impact in Kentucky so far. His legislation has delivered $3.6 billion in relief to address urgent housing, transportation, health care, education and economic development priorities. His legislation also created the Paycheck Protection Program, which is helping more than 45,000 Kentucky small businesses access over $5 billion in loans to keep their lights on and employees on payroll. Kentucky families have also received more than $3.2 billion in Economic Impact Payments from the U.S. Treasury.
In other coronavirus news, no new cases of the coronavirus were reported for Madison County on Thursday. The case count remains at 57 cases. Forty-seven of those are said to be recovered.
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