After Long Wait, HHS Announces Medicaid CARES Act Allocation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced late on June 9 that it was releasing $25 billion in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to high Medicaid providers and to safety net hospitals. Although HHS has been distributing funds from CARES to providers for a couple of months now, there has been concern that providers that treat a large number of Medicaid beneficiaries have not received a targeted allocation.

The newly announced $25 billion Medicaid-specific allocation is divided into two components: (1) $15 billion in a Medicaid and CHIP targeted distribution; and (2) $10 billion to safety net hospitals. HHS has already posted the applicable Terms & Conditions for this fund.

For the first $15 billion component, HHS explains that the money will be going to “eligible” Medicaid and CHIP providers. Fund recipients will have to go to an HHS portal and enter their annual patient revenue and information about the number of Medicaid patients the provider treats. HHS says that the allocation to providers will be approximately 2% of their patient revenue. Providers can qualify if they billed Medicaid or Medicaid managed care plans between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2020.

In order to be an “eligible” provider, the recipient cannot have received general distribution funding. HHS gives some examples of providers that might qualify for the $15 billion allocation, including home and community based services providers.

HCP will provide updates on the application portal as it becomes available.

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Take Action Now! The legislature is back at work this week. URGE your legislators to support S.8361 (Rivera)/A.10451(Gottfried). The bill, recently introduced at the urging of HCP, would assist in protecting home care workers and patients from COVID-19 by providing for reimbursement to providers for expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) for direct care workers & care recipients.

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