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Capitol Correspondence - 10.05.21

HHS Opens Application Portal for $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened its combined application for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural funding and Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4.  

Health care providers are now able to apply for $25.5 billion in relief funds, including $8.5 billion in ARP resources for providers who serve rural patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and $17 billion for PRF Phase 4 for a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses.  

The application will be open for a period of four weeks. Providers must submit their completed application by October 26 at 11:59 pm EDT.  

For more information about how to complete the application, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration’s provider relief page or watch the briefing video. To complete an application, visit the PRF Application and Attestation Portal.