HHS Announces Ebola Emergency Funding
On February 20, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released allocations for Ebola emergency funding under the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP). The funds—included in the fiscal year (FY) 2015 enacted budget (P.L. 113-235)—are for enhancing state, local, and health care system preparedness for Ebola.
In total, $307 million is available in formula grants to states, territories, and four local governments (Chicago, the District of Columbia, Los Angeles County, and New York City), and $32.5 million in competitive funds for the development of a regional Ebola treatment strategy. Table 1 provides the formula allocations by program. HHS has issued the funding opportunity announcement for HPP; the announcement for PHEP will be forthcoming.