Nebraska Providers Encouraged to Apply for Additional Relief Funds

Lincoln – The Nebraska Medicaid program would like to share with Nebraska’s health care providers that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced $20 billion in new relief funds for providers. HRSA is making a large number of providers eligible for Phase 3 General Distribution funding. This includes:

  • Healthcare providers that began practicing January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020. This includes Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, dentists, assisted living facilities, and behavioral health providers.
  • Providers who previously received, rejected, or accepted a General Distribution Provider Relief Fund payment.
  • Providers that have already received payments of approximately 2% of annual revenue from patient care may submit more information to become eligible for an additional payment.

Providers will have through November 6, 2020, to apply for Phase 3 General Distribution funding. HHS urges all eligible providers to apply early; doing so will speed along HHS’s review process and payment calculations.

Program Overview:

The Provider Relief Fund supports healthcare providers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPCHE), the federal government has allocated $175 billion in payments to be distributed through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Qualified providers of health care, services, and support may receive Provider Relief Fund payments for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue due to COVID-19. Separately, the COVID-19 Uninsured Program reimburses providers for testing and treating uninsured individuals with COVID-19.

To apply:

The following link has all the necessary information for providers to apply for new funding, and inquire further about the program.

https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To address any potential questions or concerns, HRSA has provided a comprehensive list of FAQs. https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/index.html

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