HHS Holds Webinars on Medicaid Provider Relief Fund: Applications Due July 20 

Situation Report | June 29, 2020

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held two webinars on the Provider Relief Fund for Medicaid Providers.

Recordings of the webinars are at the links below (they each contain the same information).

As previously communicated to members, the funding ($15 billion nationally) is for providers who bill Medicaid fee-for-service and/or Medicaid managed care and meet other eligibility criteria. The HHS webinars reviewed: the eligibility criteria; the web portal application process; and submitted questions.

Eligible providers can receive up to 2 percent of their reported gross revenue from patient care. The application deadline is July 20.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must:

  • Not have received payment from the $50 billion General Distribution (which went to Medicare providers).
  • Have directly billed Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 or own (on the application date) an included subsidiary that has done so.
  • Have either filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018 or 2019 or be exempt from the requirement and have no beneficial owner that is required to file a federal income tax return (e.g. a state-owned hospital or healthcare clinic).
  • Have provided patient care after January 31, 2020 (and not have permanently ceased providing patient care directly, or indirectly through included subsidiaries).
  • If the applicant is an individual, have gross receipts or sales from providing patient care reported on Form 1040, Schedule C, Line 1, excluding income reported on a W-2 as a (statutory) employee.

Information on the program — including copies of the application and instructions, frequently asked questions, and resources — is at www.hhs.gov/providerrelief.

HCA urges members to listen to one of the one-hour webinars and apply if eligible.