Capitol Correspondence - 09.14.21

HHS Announces New Provider Relief Funding

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding includes:

  • $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare patients.
  • $17 billion for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund.

A joint application for both funding resources will open on September 29, 2021. To prepare, review eligibility posted on the PRF Future Payments web page and additional detail will be added prior to September 29. Providers may also search the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer to see what areas qualify as “rural” for the ARP rural payments.

Additional resources and information can be found on the PRF Reporting Webpage or by calling the Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522, for TTY dial 711. Hours of operation are 8 am-10 pm CT, Monday through Friday.