Congress approved nearly $2 billion in COVID-19 relief money for Montana officials to spend earlier this year. The Montana Department of Health and Human Services has released more information about federal money it has distributed across the state for COVID-19 contact tracing and other mitigation measures. The current ARPA funds have been targeted by the CDC to specific areas such as testing increasing vaccination coverage and prevention and mitigation in specific populations such as in schools and prisons.
Montana’s American Rescue Plan Act Economic Commission met Wednesday to discuss new proposals and reallocation of certain funds from ARPA. Representative Kim Abbott is a member of the commission and was critical of the pace at which funds have been distributed thus far.