CoxHealth is being reimbursed for roughly $3 million in COVID-19 costs.
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CoxHealth is being reimbursed for roughly $3 million in COVID-19 costs.

FEMA distributes $3M to CoxHealth

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued more than $3 million to CoxHealth for COVID-19 expenses.

Delivered through the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, the funding reimburses the Springfield health care system for costs already incurred amid the pandemic, according to a news release.

“This funding should help to offset some of the costs incurred by the Cox Medical Center as their staff have been working tirelessly throughout the response to COVID-19,” said Paul Taylor, administrator of FEMA Region VII, in the release. “The entire federal family will continue to push as hard as we can to assist Missouri in getting them the resources needed in our shared work to combat the effects of this disease.”

CoxHealth's reimbursed expenses include testing and treatment of COVID-19 patients; triage centers established outside of emergency departments; and the use of personal protective equipment.

The Springfield-based health system's eligible costs through FEMA's public assistance program are $4.1 million. FEMA is reimbursing 75% of the costs under a disaster declaration clause approved for Missouri in March, according to the release.

Among CoxHealth's COVID-19 work was the creation of a new unit to focus on patients recovering from the virus.

CoxHealth ranked No. 1 on SBJ’s list of the area’s largest employers, based on 12,393 local employees. For the list published in the July 13 print edition, CoxHealth also reported more than $5 billion in 2019 revenue.

Mercy Springfield Communities spokesperson Sonya Kullmann said she was unaware of any recent FEMA funding for the health system.