Did you know that certain emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic may now be reimbursed to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and specific private, non-profit organizations under the federal government’s Public Assistance (PA) program

That is if they are done at the direction or guidance of public health officials and fall under the eligible emergency medical care activities under the President’s COVID-19 declarations. 

Per the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), these include, but are not limited to: 

  • Triage and medically necessary tests and diagnosis related to COVID-19 cases
  • Emergency medical treatment of COVID-19 patients
  • Use or lease of specialized medical equipment necessary to respond to COVID-19 cases
  • Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), durable medical equipment, and consumable medical supplies necessary to respond to COVID-19 cases
  • Temporary medical facilities and expanded medical care capacity for COVID-19

General eligibility considerations for emergency medical care activities apply to all claimed work and associated costs. They include Applicant, Facility, Work, and Cost eligibility to which all claims are subject under the PA program. You can learn more about the eligibility requirements through FEMA’s COVID-19 Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet