Legislators want answers on COVID funding delays

ANCHORAGE – This morning, a group of legislators sent a letter to the Dunleavy Administration and Department of Health and Social Services requesting an update on federal funding issued during the pandemic whose distribution is being held up by the State. Specifically, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) funding, childcare relief funding, and funding to fill Public Health Nursing positions has been held up with no stated timetable on their distribution.


“The money that was provided by our federal government during the pandemic gave a lifeline to families and businesses as they continue to weather the storm of COVID-19,” said Representative Liz Snyder (D-Anchorage), co-Chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee. “Unfortunately, some of the funds that Alaskans are relying on aren’t getting where they need to go. We want to work with our partners at DHSS and in the Governor’s office to make sure our constituents get the answers and relief they need.”


“P-EBT enables eligible school children to pay for lunches, childcare relief funding helps parents go back to work, and filling our Public Health Nursing positions allows health care providers to deliver the care that every Alaskan deserves,” said Representative Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel), co-Chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee. “These programs play essential roles in helping Alaskans navigate this pandemic, and it’s critical these funds go where they’re needed as soon as possible.”


The letter was additionally signed by Representatives Zack Fields and Ivy Spohnholz.