Gov. Tony Evers to give $100 million in federal funding to nursing homes and other care facilities to fight COVID-19

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MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday he would give $100 million to nursing homes and other care facilities as he continued a whirlwind round of announcements to dispense about $2 billion in federal aid to help Wisconsin cope with coronavirus.

“We recognize the significant burden the COVID-19 response has placed on these providers,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “We also recognize the integral role they play in ensuring the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable Wisconsinites and we want to support their efforts during this pandemic.”

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In recent days Evers has unveiled plans to give subsidies to farmerssmall businesses and renters and invest more than $1 billion in hospitals, equipment, testing and contact tracing

Evers has free rein on how to spend the federal money, leaving Republicans who control the Legislature on the sidelines. GOP lawmakers have backed the substance of many of Evers’ plans, but have objected to aspects of them and argued he hasn’t provided the public with enough details about how the money will be disbursed.

The funds for care providers will be awarded in two rounds. Initial payments will be put toward immediate needs. A second round of funding will be targeted for specific providers, according to the governor’s office. 

The funds can be used for costs directly related to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as other expenses, such as higher overtime and sanitation costs. 

The funds will go to emergency medical service providers, long-term care facilities and community-based service providers. The amount individual providers receive in part will depend on how much they receive through the state-federal Medicaid program, Evers said. 

Contact Patrick Marley at patrick.marley@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickdmarley.

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