Governor Lamont Allocates $40 Million To Connecticut’s Hospitals To Support Ongoing COVID-19 Response Efforts

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration will be delivering an additional $40 million to Connecticut’s acute care hospitals to support their ongoing work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding, which comes from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, will be distributed to non-governmental, short-term general hospitals that meet certain requirements based on applicable costs and expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic. It supplements the over $980 million direct federal funding received by the hospitals to date during the pandemic.

“This funding recognizes the frontline role Connecticut’s hospitals and their dedicated employees have played throughout this pandemic,” Governor Lamont said. “It is not an overstatement to say that this role has been heroic and continues to be indispensable as we all work together to defeat the virus. Our hospitals have needed to adapt to new protocols and infection control measures, while also ceasing elective procedures during the crest of the first wave of COVID-19, which had the effect of increasing costs and decreasing revenues, not to mention the physical, mental, and emotional toll this pandemic has taken on their staff. While these hospitals have received direct federal aid during this crisis, some of them and their affiliated practices are still experiencing financial hardship. This $40 million will help those providers through this difficult time and recognizes the critical work and dedication they have demonstrated.”

“We have known since the beginning that some of our Coronavirus Relief Fund was going to be dedicated to hospital relief,” Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw said. “Our office and the Department of Social Services have worked closely with the Connecticut Hospital Association to develop a grant program that complies with federal guidance and supports our hospitals during this challenging time. We have designed this $40 million grant program to allow the hospitals to be reimbursed for their COVID-related expenses, in addition to the significant direct federal relief received, to help support the high quality of care all of our residents deserve during this public health emergency.”

“Our hospitals continue to provide care and support to Connecticut patients and their loved ones under circumstances of unprecedented risk and challenge,” Dr. Deidre Gifford, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said. “Hospitals and their dedicated staff have not only protected the lives and health of many thousands of Connecticut residents during the public health emergency, they have also been excellent partners in a continuum of care that includes the transition of patients to COVID recovery facilities and their homes. Hospitals also provide crucial ongoing support to residents of all ages served by Connecticut HUSKY Health. We have worked with many hospital partners to ensure adequate testing throughout the pandemic, and are collaborating now on a robust and equitable vaccine program. Their continued participation and support in these efforts is critical.”

“Connecticut hospitals and their staff have been the backbone of the state’s response to the pandemic,” Jennifer Jackson, CEO of the Connecticut Hospital Association, said. “They have provided lifesaving care to COVID-19 patients by building out critical care capacity and staffing to meet unprecedented patient care needs. They have provided essential, ongoing public health support by engaging communities, promoting public education, deploying statewide COVID-19 testing and, most recently, accelerating the dissemination of lifesaving vaccines. These extraordinary actions have also come at extraordinary expense, resulting in historic financial losses. The partnership with the state has been important to hospitals’ ability to respond so effectively to the pandemic and Governor Lamont’s offer of much needed financial assistance will help keep our hospitals strong. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship as we continue to care for patients and protect our communities.”

As part of the agreement, the hospitals must report their eligible costs to the Department of Social Services. Once cost information has been received and reviewed, the agency will begin issuing reimbursements on a weekly, rolling basis. The hospitals may seek reimbursements only for federally permissible categories of documented costs related to COVID-19.

In addition, the hospitals will be required to allocate at least 15 percent of their Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to eligible physician groups or ambulatory surgical centers that are enrolled in Connecticut’s Medicaid program and are formally affiliated with the hospital to target some of the reimbursement for COVID-related costs specifically for providers who are supporting Connecticut residents, including Medicaid members, in continuing to access primary care and support with chronic conditions, both in person and via telehealth. If the 15 percent presents a hardship (defined as FFY 2020 deficit for the hospital after all relief), a hospital may request waiver or modification of the threshold. On an ongoing basis, hospitals will be required to provide monthly reports to the Office of Policy and Management and Department of Social Services detailing receipt of other federal COVID-19 relief funds that were received directly by the hospital to avoid multiple reimbursement for the same expenses.

The following table provides an estimate of how much funding each of the state’s hospitals will be allocated from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, with actual payments to be distributed only after the hospital has documented permissible COVID-19 related costs. This methodology allocates reimbursement in a way that recognizes the unique needs and COVID-related costs incurred by financially distressed hospitals.

Hospital

Coronavirus Relief Fund Payment

Bridgeport Hospital (including Milford)

$855,905

Bristol Hospital

$1,908,160

Danbury Hospital

$3,258,853

Day Kimball Hospital

$2,883,521

Greenwich Hospital

$753,594

Griffin Hospital

$1,758,224

Hartford Hospital

$2,699,186

Johnson Memorial Hospital

$130,016

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital

$320,279

Middlesex Hospital

$2,165,914

Midstate Medical Center

$272,799

Norwalk Hospital Association

$2,772,223

Prospect Manchester Hospital, Inc.

$793,187

Prospect Rockville Hospital, Inc.

$1,755,143

Prospect Waterbury, Inc.

$1,238,377

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

$786,014

Saint Mary’s Hospital

$388,946

Saint Vincent’s Medical Center

$2,509,846

Stamford Hospital

$2,796,426

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

$750,106

The Hospital of Central Connecticut

$1,436,653

Vassar Health Connecticut, Inc.

$158,991

William W. Backus Hospital

$308,581

Windham Community Memorial Hospital

$414,792

Yale New Haven Hospital

$6,884,263

TOTAL

$40,000,000

 

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