Capitol Correspondence - 09.01.20

New Deadline for HHS COVID-19 Emergency Fund Applications

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) further extended the deadline to apply for emergency funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (also known as the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund). The new deadline is September 13, 2020.  

Politico Pro explains the extension reflecting that: “Many Medicaid and CHIP providers have still been slow to apply for the funds amid ongoing confusion about eligibility and the complexity of the application. On an Aug. 4 call, a CMS official told state Medicaid officials that application rates had been lower than expected, though were recently trending upward; over 10 percent of providers in 15 states had applied, with one state nearing 30 percent.”

Because of the funding uncertainty caused by the continued stalemate in congressional negotiations for a new COVID-19 funding package, ANCOR encourages our members to take this opportunity and apply for HHS funding.