HB1043 provides, among other things, funding for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). $7,500,000 is allocated for the purchase of PPE for nursing homes and assisted living communities. The NC Department of Emergency Management also receives funding to compile a stock of PPE for organizations throughout the state.
HB1043 also allocates $25,000,000 to the NC Department of Health and Human Services for distribution to facilities licensed to accept State-County Special Assistance. These funds shall be used to provide a one-time payment to these facilities to offset the increased costs of serving residents during the COVID-19 emergency. Each eligible facility shall receive an amount equal to $1,325 for each resident of the facility who is a recipient of State-County Special Assistance between March 1, 2020, through July 30, 2020. In the case of a recipient who transfers from one facility to another during this time period, only the first eligible facility of the resident will receive the payment.
The bill also provides $25,000,000 to the NC Department of Health and Human Services to be used to expand public and private initiatives for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and trends tracking and analysis through building capacity for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, antibody testing, and expanding workforce and infrastructure to routinely identify potentially exposed persons and take appropriate public health actions.