| Covid-19 | Aug 6, 2020

HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers

HHS announced that it is extending the deadline for eligible providers to apply for the Medicare General Distribution and Medicaid, CHIP, and Dental Providers Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund. These announcements impact the following providers:Providers eligible for the Medicaid, CHIP, and Dental Providers Distribution. These providers (Medicaid/CHIP and dental providers that did not bill Medicare fee-for-service in 2019) now have until August 28, 2020 to apply for payment.Providers that billed Medicare fee-for-service in 2019 but did not receive their full 2% of patient revenue payment from the $50 Billion General Distribution. HHS has re-opened the $50 billion Medicare General Distribution–which it had previously closed on June 3, 2020.HHS also indicated that it is “working to address relief payments” for providers that were newly established in 2020 (and therefore are ineligible for both distributions described above) and other providers that have not yet received any payment (such as those that only bill commercial insurance).