HHS Extends the Application Deadline for the Provider Relief Fund Medicaid/CHIP and Announces Additional Funding to Hospitals in High Impact COVID-19 Areas
HHS announced the following Provider Relief Fund updates:• Medicaid providers eligible for the Medicaid Distribution may submit applications through August 3, rather than the original July 20 deadline. HHS indicated that it is “continuing to work with provider organizations, Congressional, state and local leaders to get the word out about this program,” suggesting that application rates have been low.• HHS will begin to distribute the second tranche of Provider Relief Fund payments to hotspot hospitals next week. HHS distributed the first round of funding to 395 hospitals that had at least 100 COVID-19 admissions between January 1 and April 10. This second tranche of funding will go to hospitals that had at least 161 COVID-19 admissions between January 1 and June 10—“taking into account” the amount of funding that hospitals received in the prior distribution. Alongside the press release, HHS published data listing the nearly 1000 hospitals that, between the first and second tranche of hotspot hospital allocations, have received or will receive payment.