HHS Provides $225 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Rural Communities

May 22, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 26, 2020

In a recent press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $225 million has been allocated to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing. These investments will support over 4,500 RHCs across the country to fund testing efforts and expand access to testing in rural communities.

“Today’s funding provides rural health clinics with resources and flexibility to boost their testing capabilities to fight COVID-19,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Further expanding testing capacity, including at RHCs, is a crucial element of safely reopening our country and helping Americans return to work and school.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is also distributing $500,000 for technical assistance efforts to the RHCs as they expand testing capabilities. This includes activities such as conducting webinars, providing resources and guidance for implementation, and management of testing programs.

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