State offers $10M to local health clinics to help cover COVID-19 costs

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    Health clinics serving underserved parts of the state will get $10 million to help cover their costs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Thursday.

    The funds come from Wisconsin’s allotment from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    Recipients include rural and tribal health clinics, community health centers and free and low-cost health clinics, which can apply for funding to cover costs related to the pandemic that are not covered by private insurers, Medicare, Medicaid or other funding sources, according to DHS. Examples of eligible expenses include the cost of implementing telehealth services, lost revenue from reduced patient visits during the pandemic, the cost for personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing costs such as hazard or overtime pay.

    DHS will start taking applications June 5, with a deadline for submission of June 30.

    Erik Gunn
    Senior Reporter Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, along with related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.