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DHSS CARES Act Health Care Relief Fund

In 2020 and 2021, Governor John Carney charged DHSS with distributing Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to health care organizations serving clients and patients in Delaware. DHSS distributed more than $92 million in CARES Act funds to more than 359 health care entities to relieve financial stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Care Relief Fund


The funding was distributed to these categories of providers:

  • Behavioral health
  • Community support
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Intellectual/developmental disability
  • Long-term care
  • Health care professional services
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Health care membership organizations

Uses of funding

Organizations were required to use funds for specific expenses:

  • Technology, including telehealth
  • Staffing, workforce and training
  • Environmental modifications
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Network adequacy and integrity
  • COVID-19 outreach and awareness
  • Community support