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McConnell: Kentucky Hospitals to Receive $1.8 Million for COVID-19 Research


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation, an arm of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), will receive $1,805,649 to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The federal funding, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator McConnell introduced the CARES Act, which became the largest economic rescue package in history, and led it to enactment in about a week. 

“Kentucky’s healthcare professionals have courageously responded to COVID-19 as we continue to learn more about the virus and its effects. I’m proud my CARES Act is delivering federal funding to promote research and understanding of the challenges we face,” said Senator McConnell. “I recently had the chance to personally thank some of Kentucky’s medical workers for their brave efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy. I’ll continue working as Senate Majority Leader to provide the resources to support their inspirational mission.” 

During the Senate’s recent state work period, Senator McConnell visited with healthcare workers throughout Kentucky to thank them for their work on the frontlines of this crisis. 

“The Kentucky Hospital Association is delighted to learn of these much needed grants to our hospitals and to the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation,” said KHA President Nancy Galvagni. “KHA would like to thank Senator McConnell and the Trump Administration for providing these vital funds which will support health care in areas of critical need during the coronavirus pandemic.” 

In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had an $11 billion impact in Kentucky so far. Senator McConnell’s legislation has delivered $3.6 billion in relief to address urgent housing, transportation, healthcare, education and economic development priorities. His legislation also created the Paycheck Protection Program, which is helping more than 45,000 Kentucky small businesses access over $5 billion in loans to keep their lights on and employees on payroll. Kentucky families have also received more than $3.2 billion in Economic Impact Payments from the U.S. Treasury.  

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