Portman Announces that HHS Will Distribute $314 Million to Ohio Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

May 22, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will distribute more than $314 million to Ohio skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help them combat the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to HHS, they will make relief fund distributions to SNFs based on both a fixed basis and variable basis. Each SNF will receive a fixed distribution of $50,000, plus a distribution of $2,500 per bed. All certified SNFs with six or more certified beds are eligible for this targeted distribution.

Nursing home recipients must attest that they will only use Provider Relief Fund payments for permissible purposes and agree to comply with future government audit and reporting requirements.

Some of this funding comes from the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law by President Trump. Portman released the following statement: 

“This relief funding is good news for nursing facilities across Ohio that are struggling to keep up with growing expenses during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Portman. “As we’ve seen, nursing homes are on the frontlines of care in this pandemic, with nearly 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio attributed to nursing homes that must care for our most vulnerable in high-risk, congregate setting. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.”