On July 31, it was announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that they will be extending the application deadline for the Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) until August 28, 2020. This extension is included as a part of an ongoing effort to provide financial relief to healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In addition, HHS also plans to allow certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges in the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution application period a second opportunity to receive funding. It is expected that HHS will reopen the Medicare distribution portal beginning the week of August 10, 2020. It is HHS’ intent to ensure eligible healthcare providers receive the balance of their additional funding to equal approximately 2 percent of gross receipts from patient care regardless of payer mix through the Provider Relief Fund.
Both groups will have until the August 28, 2020 deadline to apply. For updated information and data, visit the Provider Relief Fund web page.