Department of Health & Human Services
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the availability of $140 million in grants for health-related costs incurred by organizations from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "The terrorists struck New York and Washington and the plane downed in Pennsylvania, but their target was America," Secretary Thompson said. "Organizations that suffered losses as a result of an attack on us all deserve to be made whole." The emergency grants are intended to provide relief to health care providers in the District of Columbia and certain counties in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania that participated in disaster response efforts and suffered serious financial problems because of the attacks. Losses caused by increased expenses and lost revenues related to the provision of patient care between Sept. 11 and Dec. 31, 2001, will be considered for funding. Funds will go to applicants in eligible geographic areas that "by virtue of their proximity to an attack zone, the number of patients served, or the provision of specialized services such as trauma care, participated most directly in disaster response efforts," according to the conference report for the appropriations that established the new program. Eligible applicants are public and not-for-profit entities and Medicare- and Medicaid-enrolled suppliers and institutional providers that incurred health care-related costs as a direct result of the public health emergency caused by the terrorist attacks. Grantees are expected to include hospitals, clinics, faculty practices, mental health providers, home health agencies, blood centers and ambulance companies. HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will administer the grants. Information on applying for grants and the criteria that will be used for review purposes was published in the March 29 Federal Register. Applications must be postmarked by May 13, 2002. HRSA's contact person for the grant program is Mr. Eulas Dortch, 301-443-8007; fax: 301-443-0619; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.