West Virginia is receiving $5,400,000 from the American Rescue Plan for 54 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) across the state. The awards are distributed through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and will expand COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts.
Several nearby county and local governments are expected to receive funding from the American Rescue Plan.
Actual allotments for local county governments are: Greenbrier County – $6,732,687; Monroe County – $2,578,513; Pocahontas County – $1,601,883; Raleigh County – $14,249,514; and Summers County – $2,442,158.
Actual allotments for certain local municipalities are: Alderson – $470,000; Hinton – $980,000; Lewisburg – $1.58 million; Marlinton – $400,000; Meadow Bridge – $140,000; Oak Hill – $3.37 million; Peterstown – $260,000; Rainelle – $630,000; Ronceverte – $690,000; Rupert – $370,000; Union – $220,000; and White Sulphur Springs – $980,000. To see allotments for other municipalities, visit www.manchin.senate.gov/arp#counties.
Rainelle Medical Center is also set to receive $2,527,750.
“West Virginia’s RHCs provide quality, affordable healthcare to West Virginians living in rural communities across our state, all while operating on shoestring budgets,” announced U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). “This American Rescue Plan funding will support West Virginia’s response to COVID-19 going forward. The American Rescue Plan provides invaluable support to RHCs as they provide care for West Virginians, and I will continue to advocate for resources to support RHCs across the Mountain State.”
Overall, the American Rescue Plan will bring:
Individual aid: $1,400 stimulus checks to most West Virginians; child tax credits; earned income tax credit; health insurance assistance; student loan assistance; and unemployment through Sept. 6.
Small business aid: Reauthorization of PPP, EIDL, shuttered venue and restaurant assistance. Previously, W.Va. small businesses received over $1 billion in direct aid.
Broadband: $138 million in funding for broadband and $2 million for hotspots.
Local: $679 million in funding for cities and 55 counties, to be administered by local governments.
State: $1.355 billion in funding for W.Va. state government, to be administered by the governor and legislature.
Vaccines: $11 million to W.Va. in supplemental vaccine funding and on increasing vaccine doses.
Education: $800 million for W.Va. Pre-K through 12th grade; $190 million for W.Va. colleges and universities.
Child care: $260 million for W.Va. child care and $10 million for W.Va. head start.
Seniors: $9 million for W.Va. senior programs.
Housing: $152 million for emergency rental assistance in W.Va. and $38.5 million for LIHEAP.
Transportation: $8 million for W.Va. airports; $24 million for W.Va. transit systems.
Veterans: approximately $2.2 million for veterans’ nursing homes.
Hospitals and rural health: millions in direct funding to help W.Va. hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health departments, home health, and long-term care.
Drug prevention: millions in direct funding to W.Va. through the substance abuse prevention and health service administration.
Food assistance: direct funding to our most vulnerable West Virginians through federal programs.
Firefighters and first-responders: the assistance to firefighters and safer grant programs will receive additional allocations of $100 million and $200 million respectively; firefighters and first responders are also eligible for support under state and local government funds.
According to www.manchin.senate.gov/arp#counties, “To the extent practicable, each metropolitan city and each county shall receive their first payment directly from the U.S. Treasury not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of American Rescue Plan (May 10, 2021). Smaller cities and towns (aka non-entitlement units of local government) should receive their funding through the State no later than 30 days after that date. All of these communities will be eligible to receive their second payment 12 months later.”
Theresa Flerx is an editor and reporter for The West Virginia Daily News family of newspapers and an author of books of nonfiction and fiction. She has a degree in Criminal Justice Law/Enforcement. Flerx has won awards from the West Virginia Press Association and WV Writers Inc. 2015 Writing Competition.