On May 29, 2020, Governor Wolf signed Act 24 of 2020, which allocated funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist providers with COVID-19-related costs that were incurred between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020. Providers that accepted Act 24 funding agreed to provide documentation to the Department of Human Services (DHS) and were required to submit an Act 24 cost report through a web-based portal between December 9, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) is urging providers to take the following actions:
- Review the List of Providers — OLTL has compiled a list of providers that received Act 24 funding but for whom there is no record of submission of a cost report or the return of funds. If your organization is on this list, OLTL is encouraging you to complete an Act 24 cost report and submit it to OLTL no later than Friday, June 11, 2021. There are a number of RCPA members on this list. The applicable cost reports can be accessed here. If you believe that your organization submitted an Act 24 cost report, forward a screenshot of your submission to OLTL.
- Return Unused Funding — Providers that prefer not to complete and submit a cost report can return their Act 24 funding to OLTL by sending a check with a cover letter to OLTL indicating the check is for the return of CARES Act 24 funding they did not utilize. Checks should be made payable to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and sent to the Office of Long-Term Living, P.O Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025, Attn: Daniel Sharar. Providers should include their EIN on the memo line of the check to ensure refunds are traceable to the correct provider.
DHS knows how important this funding has been to providers to cover COVID-19-related costs such as labor, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and testing supply costs and is encouraging providers to submit their cost reports by the June 11, 2021 deadline. DHS is obligated to report how these funds were used to the Pennsylvania legislature and return all unused funds to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Providers that fail to submit a cost report or return their funding by the established deadline will be deemed by DHS to have no COVID-related expenses; DHS will proceed to recoup the Act 24 funding that was distributed to these providers. Questions and concerns can be directed to OLTL.