Hospitals in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are on the verge of receiving billions of dollars in new state funding to keep their employees from having to pay out to insurers.
Lawmakers in both states and the federal government have approved $1 billion in funding for the state-funded programs.
The federal funds will cover more than 2 million people who work in Pennsylvania, and about 7,000 in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
They will cover people who were injured at the time of an accident, and covered by other state and federal programs.
They also include some who were not hurt at all and were injured in a different way.
The money will go toward providing free, low-cost medical care for up to 10,000 Pennsylvania workers who were involved in a workplace accident.
That number will rise to 20,000 for Wisconsin, the states said.
The funds were part of a deal between Gov.
Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to provide money to help hospitals deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
They have also been critical of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been criticized for not keeping up with advances in the pandemic and has warned of an “unprecedented” increase in infections in the coming weeks.
Corbett said Thursday the state will receive $1,900 for each patient it treats.
The federal money will cover the other $2,000.
The funds will not cover any out-of-pocket costs for patients who are injured while in the hospital, according.
The hospitals said they expect to receive another $1 million in reimbursements for workers in the next six months.
A spokeswoman for the U,S.
Department of Health and Human Services said the agency is committed to supporting hospitals and workers in Pennsylvania through the coronabavirus response and has provided $4.6 billion in support over the past four years.
The $1B fund will go to reimburse hospitals for workers who are treated at the facility and who receive care in the outpatient setting.
It is not clear how many people in the Pennsylvania program will qualify.
The state has about 4,300 full-time workers, about 600 part-time and about 200 other employees.
More than 2,000 workers will receive payments for the first time.
That’s less than half of the 1,600 who were eligible in 2016.
They include hospital employees who were treated for respiratory and cardiovascular issues and were hospitalized in the emergency department.
The Pennsylvania hospitals have been among the hardest hit by the coronave virus outbreak, which began in the United States in December and has killed more than 16,500 people.