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HHS Releases Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid Only Providers

Tiffany Karlin

June 09, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HHA), has announced $15 billion in additional distributions from the CARES Act “Provider Relief Fund” to “eligible” Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs.

Eligible providers include those that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs (have directly billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs, or Medicaid managed care plans for healthcare-related services between January 1, 2018, to May 31, 2020) and have not received a payment from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Allocation monies to date.  

The payment to each provider will be at least 2% of reported gross revenue from patient care.

How to apply for funds:

Submit annual patient revenue information to the enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal for a distribution equal to at least 2% of reported gross revenues from patient care.

Providers who may receive this funding include those serving Medicaid/CHIP beneficiaries such as: pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and behavioral health providers, assisted living facilities and other home and community-based services providers.

For complete terms and conditions, click here.

More information about eligibility and the application process is available here.

Application form is available here.

What do you need to apply:

1. The applicant’s most recent federal income tax return for 2017, 2018 or 2019 or a written statement explaining why the applicant is exempt from filing a federal income tax return (e.g. a state-owned hospital or healthcare clinic).

2. The applicant’s Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return on IRS Form 941 for Q1 2020, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return on IRS Form 940, or a statement explaining why the applicant is not required to submit either form (e.g. no employees).

3. The applicant’s FTE Worksheet, provided by HHS and available here.

4. If required by Field 15, the Gross Revenue Worksheet, provided by HHS and available here.

Deadline to apply: July 20, 2020

You can only submit one application. You can edit the data on the application form, until the form is submitted. You cannot edit or resubmit the application form once it is submitted. You should not apply until you have available all of the information and documentation required by the application form.

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