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Is there State funding to support health care providers with COVID-19-related expenses?
On Saturday, March 28, Governor Phil Murphy detailed two new initiatives that will assist health care organizations with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor announced a $140 million pre-payment to health care providers to support preparations related to COVID-19. Additionally, Governor Murphy announced that the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority (NJHCFFA) has launched a $6 million emergency loan program to assist New Jersey's health care organizations during this time.
Pre-Payment to Health Care Providers
The pre-payment, which advances $67.3 million in Charity Care, $60.5 million in Graduate Medical Education, and $14.6 million for University Hospital, will support increasing capacity to meet the anticipated patient growth including workforce demands, supplies, and medications. The Charity Care and Graduate Medical Education funds will be an advance of remaining fiscal year 2020 budget allocations for those programs.
COVID-19 Aid Program
The COVID-19 Aid program is a $6 million loan program to offset some of the unforeseen expenses incurred by this pandemic. Loans will:
- Have no application, initial or annual fees;
- Be at an interest rate of 0%;
- Be secured solely by federal and State grants and other financial aid received by the recipient health care organizations as a response to COVID-19, as well as grants from other private and public sources related to COVID-19 resilience (together "COVID-19 Aid") and anything acquired with the proceeds thereof.
Health care organizations that wish to apply can find a loan application and more program information on the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority's COVID-19 Aid Emergency Loan resource page.
Decisions on the loan recipients will be made according to the priority and amounts set by a committee consisting of the New Jersey Commissioner of Health or her designee, the Executive Director of the Authority and the Authority's Director of Research, Investor Relations and Compliance. Additionally the loan will specify how the requested funds will be used: for instance, the acquisition of any property, or acquisition, construction or renovation of any building, acquisition of any equipment, including ventilators, acquisition of any supplies, medications or personal protective equipment, hiring of any staff, consultants or temporary workers, or reopening formerly closed hospital beds/wings, etc.
Principal payments would be required within 30 days of receipt of any COVID-19 Aid by the recipient health care organization in the amount of such COVID-19 Aid received, if any, until the loan is fully repaid.
On May 2, Governor Murphy announced that 53 hospitals in New Jersey will receive $1.7 billion from the federal government. The funding will automatically be deposited with no paperwork required and is expected to arrive in early May.