Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 234 Maine health care providers—including behavioral health providers such as addiction counseling centers and mental health counselors—have been awarded a total of $34,082,143 in federal funding to support their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phase 3 General Distribution funding was provided through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
“Medical providers are the backbone of Maine’s health care system, providing primary and preventive care that is vital to the wellbeing of individuals and families throughout our state,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome this additional funding, which will help 234 Maine health care providers continue to safely care for patients amid the pandemic.”
Through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, HHS has allocated $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers. As Maine continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and providers across the state have received more than half a billion dollars in HHS relief funding. In June, Senators Collins and King announced that safety net hospitals in Maine received more than $52 million to support their efforts to combat the pandemic.