PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 1647, 1665
PRINTER'S NO. 1699
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1122
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY PITTMAN, PHILLIPS-HILL, DiSANTO, KILLION, ARGALL,
ARNOLD, BAKER, BARTOLOTTA, LANGERHOLC, MENSCH, A. WILLIAMS,
J. WARD, BREWSTER, MASTRIANO, MARTIN, K. WARD, SCHWANK, YAW,
VOGEL, SCAVELLO, STEFANO, GORDNER, COSTA, REGAN, BROOKS AND
BLAKE, APRIL 17, 2020
SENATOR BROWNE, APPROPRIATIONS, RE-REPORTED AS AMENDED,
MAY 12, 2020
AN ACT
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in COVID-19 Disaster Emergency,
providing for Emergency Appropriations for Institutional AND
HOME-BASED Care; IN VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS, FURTHER PROVIDING
FOR FUNDS; and, in grants to fire companies and emergency
medical services companies, providing for COVID-19 Crisis
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 57 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a subchapter to read:
SUBCHAPTER F
EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR INSTITUTIONAL AND HOME-BASED CARE
Sec.
5751. Response to COVID-19 disaster emergency.
§ 5751. Response to COVID-19 disaster emergency.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the sum of
$200,000,000 is appropriated from money received by the
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Commonwealth under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) for the purpose of
making payments on behalf of eligible persons under section
443.1 of the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the
Human Services Code, whose institutional care is prescribed by
physicians.
(A) CONSTRUCTION WITH GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2019.--
ALL APPROPRIATIONS CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION FROM THE COVID-19
RESPONSE RESTRICTED ACCOUNT SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO ANY
APPROPRIATION UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 28, 2019 (P.L. , NO.1A),
KNOWN AS THE GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2019.
(B) APPROPRIATIONS TO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.--
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, T HE FOLLOWING
AMOUNTS ARE APPROPRIATED FROM THE COVID-19 RESPONSE RESTRICTED
ACCOUNT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES FOR THE 2019-2020
FISCAL YEAR:
THE FOLLOWING FEDERAL
AMOUNTS ARE APPROPRIATED TO
SUPPLEMENT THE SUM APPROPRIATED
FOR "MEDICAL ASSISTANCE - LONG-
TERM CARE":
(1) "COVID - MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE - LONG-TERM CARE."
FEDERAL APPROPRIATION..... 449,000,000
THE FOLLOWING FEDERAL
AMOUNTS ARE APPROPRIATED TO
SUPPLEMENT THE SUM APPROPRIATED
FOR "MEDICAL ASSISTANCE - LONG-
TERM CARE - MANAGED CARE":
(1) "COVID - MEDICAL
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ASSISTANCE - LONG-TERM CARE -
MANAGED CARE."
FEDERAL APPROPRIATION..... 8,000,000
THE FOLLOWING FEDERAL
AMOUNTS ARE APPROPRIATED TO
SUPPLEMENT THE SUM APPROPRIATED
FOR "COMMUNITY HEALTHCHOICES":
(1) "COVID - COMMUNITY
HEALTHCHOICES."
FEDERAL APPROPRIATION..... 50,000,000
SECTION 2. SECTION 7416(F) OF TITLE 35 IS AMENDED BY ADDING
A PARAGRAPH TO READ:
§ 7416. FUNDS.
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(F) USE.--FUNDS OF ANY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' RELIEF
ASSOCIATION MAY BE SPENT:
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(18) TO PAY FOR EXPENSES FOR CLEANING, SANITIZING AND
DISINFECTING OF EQUIPMENT AND PROPERTY, OR OTHER EXPENSES
INCURRED TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COMMUNICABLE ILLNESSES.
Section 2 3. Chapter 78 of Title 35 is amended by adding a
subchapter to read:
SUBCHAPTER C.1
COVID-19 CRISIS FIRE COMPANY AND
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES GRANT PROGRAM
Sec.
7823.1. Establishment.
7823.2. Publication and notice.
7823.3. Award of grants.
§ 7823.1. Establishment.
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The COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical
Services Grant Program is established and shall be administered
by the agency. Grants provided under the program shall be used
by fire companies and EMS companies to provide services during
the novel coronavirus pandemic as identified in the proclamation
of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020,
published at 50 Pa.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of
the state of disaster emergency.
§ 7823.2. Publication and notice.
The agency shall transmit notice of the COVID-19 Crisis Fire
Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program
availability to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication
in the Pennsylvania Bulletin within 30 days of the effective
date of this section .
§ 7823.3. Award of grants.
(a) Authorization.--The agency shall make a grant award from
the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services
Grant Program to:
(1) Each eligible fire company that received a grant
award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7813 (relating
to award of grants) for the purposes under section 7813(a)
and (a.1) .
(2) A fire company that did not apply for or receive a
grant award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7813 and
that applies for a grant under this subchapter for the
purposes under section 7813(a) and (a.1).
(3) Each eligible EMS company that received a grant
award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7823 (relating
to award of grants) for the purposes under section 7823(a) .
(4) An EMS company that did not apply for or receive a
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grant award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7823 and
that applies for a grant under this subchapter for the
purposes under section 7823(a).
(b) Amount of award.--The amount of the grant award under
this subchapter shall be the same amount of the grant award for
fiscal year 2019-2020 to:
(1) An eligible fire company under section 7813.
(2) An eligible EMS company under section 7823.
(c) Application not required.--
(1) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2), no
additional application shall be required for a grant under
this subchapter.
(2) A fire company under subsection (a)(2) and an EMS
company under subsection (a)(4) must file an application for
a grant under this subchapter.
Section 3 4. Title 35 is amended by adding sections to read:
§ 7832.2. COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical
Services Grant Program.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the sum of
$31,000,000 is appropriated from money received by the
Commonwealth under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) for purposes of
making grants under Subchapter C.1 (relating to COVID-19 Crisis
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program). The
following shall apply:
(1) The sum of $26,400,000 of the amount appropriated
shall be expended for the purpose of making grants to
eligible fire companies.
(2) The sum of $4,600,000 of the amount appropriated
shall be expended for the purpose of making grants to
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eligible EMS companies.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), the agency
may use up to $200,000 of unencumbered funds from the amount
appropriated for administrative costs for the implementation
of Subchapter C.1.
§ 7841.1. Expiration of authority relating to COVID-19 Crisis
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant
Program.
The authority of the agency to award grants under Subchapter
C.1 (relating to COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency
Medical Services Grant Program) shall expire six months after
the effective date of this section.
Section 4 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
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