HHSC awards grants to rural hospitals
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will distribute about $38 million in funding to eligible rural hospitals under the Rural Hospital COVID-19 in Healthcare Relief Grant (RH-CHRG) program.
Each hospital will receive $250,000 in discretionary funds for staffing, infrastructure, or revenue losses related to the pandemic.
HHSC will administer grant agreements to the legally authorized representatives of the approximately 150 eligible rural hospitals in January 2022, and they will have 15 business days to sign the agreement. Six months after the award, grantees must submit documentation to HHSC regarding how they used the funds.
Separately, Texas rural hospitals, nursing facilities, community attendants, home health agencies, and other long-term care providers will have the opportunity to apply for $325.3 million in competitive grants in early 2022. Information about the competitive request for applications will be posted to the HHSC website as soon as it becomes available.
Funds for the grant programs were authorized as part of SB 8 during the third special session of the 87th Legislature. The money comes from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act.