LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Tuesday approved the use of $1.2 billion in federal funding to address health care issues and provide COVID-19 relief across the state.
“The funds we approved today will help address staffing, treatment and equipment shortages in the health care industry, mitigate the spread of infectious illness in long term care facilities, and expedite the reopening of our schools for in-person learning,” said Sen. Doug Wozniak, R-Shelby Township, who voted for the budget supplemental bill. “This is another smart investment of the unprecedented amount of federal funding Michigan received to combat and recover from the effects of COVID-19 in our communities.”
House Bill 5523 would invest $1.2 billion in federal funding in the current fiscal year, including:
- $300 million for recruitment, retention and training grants to help health care facilities address staffing issues;
- $100 million for early COVID-19 therapeutic treatments;
- $150.8 million to support screening and testing activities to facilitate the reopening and safe operations of schools;
- $39 million to make nursing homes safer by converting multi-resident rooms into single rooms and improving air quality; and
- $367.3 million to increase lab capacity to implement and oversee expanded COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and other monitoring activities.
The bill has been returned to the House of Representatives to be finalized before being sent to the governor for consideration.