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Arkansas to give extra pay for emergency medical workers during coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Hutchinson announced that $12 million has been approved to provide extra pay to emergency medical service workers.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced during a press conference Friday that $12 million has been approved by the CARES Act Steering Committee to provide extra pay for emergency medical service workers.

According to Hutchinson, the fund will be distributed to the employer who will then distribute the payments to the employees. The amount of payment will be based upon the number of hours worked.

Over 5,000 people are licensed as emergency medical technicians or paramedics in the state and will be eligible for the extra pay.

If the employee worked 0-19 hours a weekly they will be eligible for no payments, those who worked 20-39 hours a week will be eligible for $125 per week, and anyone who worked 40+ hours per week or 150 hours monthly they will receive $250 per week.

The payments will be for the time period of April 5 to May 30, 2020.

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