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Maine DHHS To Send Additional 10M To Private Nonmedical Institutions

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is sending an additional $10 million in state and federal funds to private nonmedical institutions.

DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew says the temporary increase in payments is a response to COVID-19 and an effort to make sure the facilities are adequately staffed during the pandemic.

"We are, today, going beyond just the nursing facilities to provide about $10 million to what are called private nonmedical institutions serving children, older Mainers and people with substance disorders," Lambrew says.

The increase in funding will be provided through a temporary bump in MaineCare rates that the state pays to the facilities.

The rate increase is retroactive to March 1 and runs through May 31.

Journalist Steve Mistler is Maine Public’s chief politics and government correspondent. He is based at the State House.