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UPDATED: Medicaid COVID-19 Relief Funding Announcement for All Providers

Thursday, June 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kyle Simon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in the Medicaid program — including the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program — and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

HHS is planning two webinars the week of June 22 for providers to better understand the Medicaid Provider Relief Portal and application process. The webinar, titled "Getting Started With the Provider Relief Fund", are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. ET (Register)
  • Thursday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET (Register)

Funding Overview

On June 10, HHS is launching an enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal that will allow eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers to report their annual patient revenue, which will be used as a factor in determining their Provider Relief Fund payment. The payment to each provider will be at least two percent of reported gross revenue from patient care; the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients providers serve.

To be eligible for this funding, providers must not have received payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution and must have billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs or managed care plans for health care-related services from January 1, 2018 through May 31, 2020.

Other terms and conditions may apply. Please see the HHS announcement here.

HHS has posted additional information to their website regarding this funding opportunity for Medicaid and CHIP providers. The updated information includes:

HHS has also posted FAQs on their website providing additional information that providers may find useful. Those FAQs can be found here. Please note that the FAQs specific to Medicaid and CHIP providers are near the bottom of the FAQ page under the header, "Medicaid Targeted Distribution".

As a reminder, the Agency’s COVID-19 alert website ensures providers have all Agency for Health Care Administration guidance in one centralized location. The website can be accessed by clicking here.

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