Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $408M in COVID-19 Funding for Ohio Hospitals
Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces $408,019,607 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants being awarded to 28 safety net hospitals serving vulnerable Ohioans.
“The health effects of COVID-19 are serious and often life-threatening; as this virus disproportionately affects some of our most vulnerable citizens, it’s critical we ensure those Americans get the care and support they need,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I’m proud of how our local hospitals have stepped up to provide high-quality care during this pandemic, and I know this funding will go a long way so they can keep serving the people of Ohio.”
These grants are part of the $175B Provider Relief Fund allocated for hospitals and health providers under the CARES act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. They are being sent directly to hospitals via direct deposit.
These payments are being dispersed to hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of Medicaid patients or patients without health insurance. To qualify a hospital must have:
- A Medicare Disproportionate Payment Percentage (DPP) of 20.2 percent or greater;
- Average Uncompensated Care per bed of $25,000 or more. For example, a hospital with 100 beds would need to provide $2,500,000 in Uncompensated Care in a year to meet this requirement;
- Profitability of 3 percent or less, as reported to CMS in its most recently filed Cost Report.
All recipients are receiving a minimum distribution of $5 million and a maximum distribution of $50 million.