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Higgins Announces Over $71.87 Million In Initial Payments Sent to Hospitals in Erie & Niagara Counties

Apr 27, 2020
Press Release
Federal Funding Supports COVID-19 Emergency Needs

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara Counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“There are no words that can appropriately express the appreciation we have for our healthcare workers, who know the danger they are walking into and continue to head to work each day prepared for battle,” said Higgins. “They need supplies, resources and support.  This is a start.”

The CARES Act, approved by Congress on March 27th, included $100 billion to support hospitals and other healthcare providers.  On April 10, 2020, the first $30 billion was distributed with most of that funding, $26 billion, directly deposited into provider bank accounts. The second round of funding, $20 billion, was released on Friday, April 24.  Hospitals in New York received an estimated $2.475 billion of the $50 billion currently distributed nationwide.  Still New York continues to have the largest number of COVID cases in the country, currently representing 30% of the confirmed cases nationwide. 

Below is an approximate breakdown of funding for local hospitals.

Hospitals COVID-19 Relief
Kaleida Health (Buffalo General, DeGraff, & Millard Fillmore)  $25,446,000
Roswell Park $11,864,000
Erie County Medical Center $11,455,000
Mercy Hospital $8,522,000
Sisters of Charity Hospital & St. Joseph's Hospital $6,214,000
Kenmore Mercy  $3,589,000
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center $1,872,000
Mount St. Mary's Hospital  $1,791,000
Eastern Niagara Hospital $1,119,000
TOTAL $71,872,000

Included in the $100 billion allocated in the CARES Act is $10 billion prioritized for COVID-19 hotspots.  In addition, the legislation approved by Congress last week includes an additional $75 billion to support health care providers and hospitals.