State to Use $25 Million in CARES Act Money to Reimburse PPE Purchases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is spending $25 million in federal CARES Actmoney on personal protective equipment, or PPE, for frontline workers and patients.

The Michigan PPE Program gives money to places like long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, outpatient medical facilities, home health care providers, dental offices, pharmacies, EMS providers, funeral and mortuary services, long-term acute care hospitals, and residential congregate facilities.

The facilities will have to front the money first, as payments are actually reimbursements for eligible items. Businesses can get up to $250,000 in grant money, depending on the number of client-facing workers each day.

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said, “Michigan’s providers are on the front lines every day, delivering essential health care services and caring for our loved ones. This grant program helps ease the financial burden of buying PPE, ensuring all facilities can afford the supplies they need to keep themselves and their patients safe.” 

The deadline to apply for the grant is September 8th. More information, along with the application can be found at

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland