The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020 will also be invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic will also be eligible for relief payments.
HHS is making a large number of providers eligible for Phase 3 General Distribution funding, including:
- 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.
- Behavioral Health providers, including those that previously received funding and new providers.
- Health care 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 can begin applying for funds on Monday, October 5, 2020.
For updates and to learn more about the Provider Relief Program, please visit: hhs.gov/providerrelief.