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New fund seeks to aid health care providers during pandemic

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Delaware health care providers struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic will get help from the state through a special fund.

 

The state is using $100 million of CARES Act funding for its Health Care Relief Fund to support health care providers on the front lines fighting COVID-19.

Home health care agencies, intellectual and developmental disability providers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, behavioral health service providers, hospital systems, and Healthy Communities Delaware are eligible for help.

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik explains how they can use the money.

"Technology upgrades, personal protective equipment purchases, environmental modifications, a resiliency fund which we are going to partner with the Division of Public Health and Healthy Communities Delaware to really identify community providers and partners who are working in communities to address needs created by the pandemic," said Magarik.

But Magarik notes there are some eligibility requirements.

"To be eligible for funding we need for folks to obviously follow any state and federal rules around how the money can be spent, but again we are looking for areas of spending that have not been addressed through other funding sources." Magarik said.

Magarik says the first wave of funding will go to intellectual and developmental disability providers.