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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

We know that many of HRSA’s rural health program recipients and stakeholders are concerned about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its impact on your programs and your communities. We encourage you to be proactive in your emergency preparedness planning and to coordinate with partners at the state and local level in emergency response.

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Funding Sources

  • Allocation to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing
  • HHS Awards in Rural Communities to Fight Covid-19
    • $150 million Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grants to support COVID-19 activities, approximately $80K per hospital. Funding to state Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grantees to go to small rural hospitals responding to this health crisis. Funds are used by hospitals for safety (ensuring hospitals are safe for patients and staff), response (detecting, preventing, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19) and maintaining hospital operations.
    • $15M to existing Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs). With these new funds, TRCs will be able to provide hands-on technical support in areas such as equipment acquisition, payment policy, system design and licensing and credentialing. Anyone interested in assistance can contact the TRCs for information and assistance.
  • Provider Relief Fund Allocations and List of Providers Attesting to Receiving Payments
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has summarized the general and targeted allocations of the Provider Relief Fund, including targeted funds for rural providers. The Fund was established by the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
  • Paycheck Protection Program
    This Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program provides a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. It is open to clinics, associations and other community organizations, among others.
  • Funds to support health centers in responding to COVID-19
    Based on language in the CARES Act, two health center-focused awards were provided to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and to maintain or increase health center capacity. Additional funding was provided to purchase, administer, and expand capacity for testing to monitor and suppress COVID-19.
  • Funding to combat COVID-19 pandemic in rural Tribal communities
    $15 million awarded to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and other health services providers to Tribes across 20 states to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities.
Date Last Reviewed:  December 2020