JERSEY CITY, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $88,729,949 in federal funding to help bolster emergency protective measures at New Jersey hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The grants were awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which fully reimburses states and other entities for certain COVID-related expenses.
“This federal funding will ensure health facilities across New Jersey have the resources they need to bolster their emergency protective measures for patients and staff as they continue to combat this virus and do everything they can to reduce its spread and save lives,” said Sen. Menendez. “Our hospitals and long-term care facilities remain on the frontlines in the battle to contain COVID-19 and need all the help they can get. I’ll continue fighting in Washington for the resources our state needs to keep our residents safe.”
“New Jersey hospitals continue to serve a vital role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by providing critical care to those who need it most,” said Sen. Booker. “Federal funding like this is another important step toward battling this health crisis and protecting the health and safety of all New Jerseyans.”
The following grants were awarded to fund emergency preparedness measures:
· $82,040,194.81 – Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc.
· $5,508,240.93 – CentraState Healthcare System
· $1,181,513.26 – Christian Health Care Center
Last month, Sen. Menendez, who led a years-long effort to reform how FEMA responds to disasters, announced that the agency answered his call to eliminate the cost-sharing requirements for disaster grants. The directive issued by President Biden allows states and local governments to be retroactively reimbursed at 100% for eligible expenses to combat COVID-19 incurred since Jan. 2020, and to apply for full reimbursement for additional eligible expenses going forward.