HB195 – American rescue plan act appropriations- amendments.
We Support This Bill.
Summary: AN ACT relating to the emergency expenses of government; providing definitions; providing appropriations; amending and repealing prior appropriations of COVID-19 relief funds; specifying conditions on the appropriation and expenditure of COVID-19 relief funds; amending prior conditions on the reduction and prioritization of COVID-19 relief funds; providing for the reversion of unexpended funds; authorizing emergency government programs; authorizing rulemaking; requiring reporting; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date.
Why It Matters: The ARPA bill includes several appropriations for programs that could benefit Wyoming women. Funding for the Wyoming Investment in Nursing Loan & Grant program (WyIN) will help train and retain more healthcare providers when we are experiencing a shortage. Most of these will be women. Access to mental health care is essential for all Wyomingites. The ARPA funds include funding for the Department of Health to train mental health first responders and other mental health providers. ARPA funds also include funding for targeted healthcare and early childhood workforce programs.