Through the end of November, the state of Missouri had received a total of more than $5.1 billion in CARES Act and other pandemic response funding from the federal government, and had spent more than $4.8 billion, according to a new report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway. About $1.3 billion were for services through the state’s Medicaid program and other programs receiving federal matching funds. Another $521 million passed through to counties and the city of St. Louis. Other funding has gone to schools, institutions of higher education, child care providers, long-term care facilities and developmental disabilities waiver providers, and have been used for mental health services, PPE, virus testing, contact tracing, vaccine preparedness and access, workforce development, economic development programs for small businesses, COVID-19 dedicated personnel costs, emergency rental assistance and other disaster relief purposes.
Through November, the state of Missouri has spent $344.6 million of the $1.81 billion received under the American Rescue Plan Act for COVID-19 recovery efforts since May. That act also makes available about $2.6 billion for distribution to Missouri’s K-through-12 and higher education institutions. While none of it has been accessed so far, it is available until September of 2023.
Another report found that through the end of October, more than 740,000 Missourians received about $5.37 billion in federal unemployment benefits during the pandemic.