Nebraska To Get More Fed. Stimulus Money Per COVID-19 Case Than Most Other States

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April 13, 2020 - 5:17pm

Nebraska will get more federal stimulus money per COVID-19 case than almost any other state, according to an analysis from Kaiser Health News. That has sparked backlash from states hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal CARES Act stimulus package will send a total of $100 billion to healthcare providers to help pay for COVID-19 response efforts.

$30 billion is being delivered now to hospitals and providers enrolled in Medicare – and how much each provider gets is based on the amount of Medicare business they conducted last year, NOT on the severity of the virus in the area.

That calculation means Nebraska providers will get about $378,000 per confirmed COVID-19 case, compared to about $11,600 per case in New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed to this disparity in a tweet Sunday, saying "We need a fair federal stimulus bill that is distributed by need."

Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday the state isn’t involved in distribution of the federal funds.

"That is a federal issue, not something we the state get directly involved in," Ricketts said. "But New York’s also received a lot of other assistance with regard to testing, and all sorts of other resources as well that aren’t coming directly through that bill. So New York has received a lot of attention and is getting a lot of the resources."

The state of New York has more than 195,000 cases of COVID-19, with more than 10,000 deaths.

Nebraska has more than 800 confirmed cases and 17 deaths, as of Monday afternoon.



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