Zorn supports $1.2B in health care funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday voted to approve an additional $1.2 billion in federal funding to address COVID-19 health care issues across the state.

“We’re continuing to invest our federal COVID-19 funding to protect our communities, care for our families dealing with the virus and support struggling Michigan students with in-person education,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “In addition to providing critical funds to ensure health care facilities have enough staff to provide effective care and help nursing homes better protect vulnerable seniors, this plan invests important funding to help our schools safely remain open — so our children can recover after over a year of unimaginable challenges.”

House Bill 5523 would invest $1.2 billion in federal funding in the current fiscal year, including:
• $300 million for recruitment, retention and training grants to help health care facilities address staffing issues;
• $100 million for early COVID-19 therapeutic treatments;
• $150.8 million to support screening and testing activities to facilitate the reopening and safe operations of schools;
• $39 million to make nursing homes safer by converting multi-resident rooms into single rooms and improving air quality; and
• $367.3 million to increase lab capacity to implement and oversee expanded COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and other monitoring activities.

The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. If the Senate changes are concurred by the House, the bill will go to the governor for her signature.