(WXYZ) — The Michigan Senate has passed a $465 million supplemental budget bill designed to address the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill passed with bipartisan support 35 to 2.
According to a statement released by State Sen. Sean McCann, the pill would provide:
- $51.3 million for health systems to ramp up the administration of COVID-19 vaccines
- $22.5 million for continued support of COVID testing in vulnerable populations
- $15 million for necessary supplies and equipment to support testing and vaccination efforts
- $3.3 million to reimburse hospitals for housing and providing care for COVID-positive nursing home residents
- $10 million for the Michigan Hospital Association to give grants to health systems to support their hiring of temporary staff
- $55 million for small businesses that have sacrificed to protect public health
- $3.5 million for independent venues whose stages have been dark since March
The bill needs to be voted on in the State House. If it passes there, it will be sent on to Governor Whitmer.