New Biden Order to Fully Reimburse Hawaii for National Guard, COVID-19 Supplies

Airman 1st Class Jolene Chun performing the daily temperature screening of Soldiers on State Active Duty (SAD) assigned to Task Force Oʻahu, March 30, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Soldiers who volunteered to assist with the COVID-19 response are screened every morning by the HING CERF-P medical team to ensure everyone is healthy. (US Army National Guard photo by Sgt. John Schoebel)

President Joe Biden took executive action to authorize an extension and fully reimburse Hawai‘i and states across the country for the use of the National Guard to support COVID-19 response operations.  

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) said this will save Hawai‘i millions of dollars.  He said it will also allow soldiers and airmen who are performing essential missions that will help Hawaii safely reopen its economy–including vaccine distribution and contact tracing–to continue their work without interruption.

The previous administration authorized a 75 percent reimbursement rate for states and was slated to expire at the end of March. The new order from President Biden authorizes a 100 percent reimbursement rate and runs through Sept. 31.

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