[StBernard] Landrieu Announces $129.7M for La. Hospitals for Post-Katrina, Rita Health Care Recovery

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Jan 8 00:11:57 EST 2009

Landrieu Announces Release of $129.7M for La. Hospitals for Post-Katrina,

Health Care Recovery

WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today announced
that Louisiana will receive $129,737,880 in supplemental Social Services
Block Grant (SSBG) funding from the United States Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS). These funds will go to hospitals that have suffered
financial losses since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Securing this money has
been among Sen. Landrieu's top priorities since the storms hit in 2005.

"Louisiana's health care infrastructure suffered greatly as a result of the
hurricanes of the past three and a half years," Sen. Landrieu said. "I've
been working with the Louisiana delegation to secure this assistance since
the storms. It will provide much-needed relief for the state's health care
system, particularly for New Orleans metro-area hospitals that stepped up to
provide health care for Louisianians in need after Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita and the devastating levee breaks that followed."

The SSBG supplemental funds are expected to provide individuals and families
with health and social services and assist states in the repair, renovation
and construction of health care and mental facilities, child care centers
and other social service facilities.

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