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    Hospitals, Native corporations and other AK entities get hundreds of millions in federal COVID funds

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    More than 1,100 Alaska entities have benefited from over $200 million in federal COVID relief funds with the general aim of supporting the fight against COVID.

    While the vast majority of this funding has gone directly to Native corporations and hospitals, hundreds of other Alaska businesses have also benefited from the federal payouts. This includes individual doctors, dentists, chiropractors, breast care specialists, digestive centers, eye surgeons, dermatologists, urologists, cancer centers, foot and ankle specialists, physical therapists, early learning centers, mental health centers, prosthetics companies, speech pathologists, sleep clinics, behavioral health clinics, psychiatric centers, plastic surgeons, fire departments, psychologists, and many more.

    The funding is intended to support “healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19” and to ensure that “uninsured Americans can get treatment for COVID-19.” The money does not need to be repaid.

    According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services website, the taxpayer money comes from the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCEA); and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, which provide a total of $178 billion for relief funds “to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.”

    Starting Sept. 29, HHS will launch another round of federal payouts to the tune of $25.5 billion. This money will largely go to rural health care providers who serve low income and Medicaid patients.

    Below is a list of the largest payouts to Alaska entities to date. Click here to see the full list of Alaska recipients.

    LARGEST ALASKA RECIPIENTS

    • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – $29.1 million
    • Southcentral Foundation – $19.7 million
    • Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium – $15.3 million
    • Central Península General Hospital – $14 million
    • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital – $12.6 million
    • Bartlett Regional Hospital – $12.2 million
    • Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Association – $11.2 million
    • Norton Sound Health Corporation – $10.6 million
    • South Peninsula Hospital – $7.4 million
    • Tanana Chiefs Conference – $7 million
    • Maniilaq Association – $7 million
    • Arctic Slope Native Association – $6.4 million
    • Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation – $6.4 million
    • Providence Health Services in Kodiak – $5 million
    • City of Seward – $4.3 million
    • Petersburg Medical Center – $3.9 million
    • City of Valdez – $3.8 million
    • Cordova Community Hospital – $3.7 million
    • Family Centered Services of Alaska – $2.2 million
    • LifeMed Alaska, LLC – $2.1 million
    • Medical Park Family Care – $2.3 million
    • Orthodontic Alaska – $1.6 million
    • Providence Health & Services – $1.8 million
    • Providence Surgery Center – $1.4 million
    • Shane D. Rhoton, LLC – $1.1 million
    • Fairbanks Native Association – $1 million
    • Kenaitze Indian Tribe – $1 million

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    16 Comments

    1. They say the money doesn’t need to be REPAID. Well sure,, not directly by the recipients,, but it will get repaid when they raise your taxes next year. Or when they go after the homeowners for school taxes. Oh trust me,, it ALL comes back around!

    2. Checked out the Providence St Joseph Health Group nationwide financials. They received over $1.1 Billion in CARES Act funding and as of June 30, 2021 had an Excess in Revenues Over Expenses of $720.0 Million. Can’t understand why we are hearing of such hardship at the Anchorage Providence Hospital when the corporation has been making substantial profits during the pandemic. Seems they have the financial resources to fix their problems.

      • Exactly this. Thanks, Craig.

        Meanwhile, patients with healthcare needs not associated with CoVID are waiting for care. It’s all a joke. The credibility of all major institutions has been irrevocably damaged.

        I suspect many Alaskans will soon realize that we live in a state with the facade of libertarianism but truly we are completely surrounded by authoritarian state, Native, and large private-sector actors. There is no room for freedom in Alaska unless those groups say so. And that, my friends, is no freedom at all.

    3. That is payment/incentive to violate their employees human rights under the threat of coercion!
      Don’t want the jab.. you don’t get to keep your job.. they would rather qualify to receive funding that directly calls for them to victimize conscientious objectors.

    4. Great info, Joel! Whenever we find ourselves wondering who owns Murky, Sullivan, and Young, we should refer to that list and make some educated guesses.

      I’d also be curious to know how the funding for the pervasive pro-jab advertising campaign is being routed and who the beneficiaries are. There must be a sizeable pile of cash being thrown around to scare and guilt-trip Alaskan’s into getting poked.

    5. These are NOT funds for fighting Covid. These are funds for fighting Conservatives. They are “buying off” Corporations if they will lie and do whatever it takes to promote the anti-America narrative.

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