HHS Provider Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid and CHIP Providers
Note: This article was originally published on June 10 and last updated on July 20 after HHS extended the application deadline again from July 20 to August 3.
On June 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the next distribution of the Provider Relief Fund. This distribution is for safety net hospitals and Medicaid and CHIP providers.
In the announcement, HHS said the Medicaid and CHIP distribution is intended for eligible “pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and behavioral health providers, assisted living facilities, and other home and community-based services providers.”
In the published FAQs, HHS emphasized that the new distribution is only available to providers who were not eligible for funds from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution and provided Medicaid services in 2018 or 2019. The FAQs also clarify that providers cannot reject the General Distribution payment and then apply for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution.
The payment to qualified providers will be at least 2 percent of patient care revenue based on tax returns for 2017, 2018 or 2019, as selected by the provider during the application process. Providers must submit their tax return and other information when applying and will be required to agree to the Terms and Conditions within 90 days of receipt of funds.
The application portal can be accessed at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html. The deadline to apply is August 3, 2020. More information is available on the HHS site: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/general-information/index.html