Schumer announces over $32 million in funding to cover Ebola costs

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) | Courtesy of the U.S. Senate

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced Friday that  after successful Ebola virus preparedness training, New York was the recipient of federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Preparation for Ebola and the successful treatment of one patient had set the state's health system back by several million dollars in designating specific treatment centers, purchasing new equipment and training thousands of the state's health workers on how to handle an Ebola case.

“When the nation’s public health was at risk, Bellevue and New York’s hospitals answered the call in heroic and professional fashion; they quickly and meticulously handled the Ebola threat by training thousands of healthcare workers, preparing isolation units, purchasing new equipment and more," Schumer said. "I worked hard in Congress to make sure New York hospitals were not left behind, and urged HHS Secretary (Sylvia) Burwell to reimburse them for the costs of preparing for Ebola. I am pleased HHS heeded my call and prioritized New York’s hospitals for going above and beyond to help prepare for Ebola.”

According to the announcement, New York City will receive $21.7 million from the HHS and $6.5 million and $15.2 million through the Public Health Emergency and Preparedness Program (PHEPP) and the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), respectively. The state will receive $7.5 million from HHS and a combined $7.5 million from PHEPP and HPP.

Bellevue Hospital will receive $3 million because the institution applied to become a regional hospital specialized in handling Ebola cases.