The Federal Government Department of Health and Human Services is providing support to healthcare providers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 27, 2020, the President signed the bipartisan CARES Act that provides $100 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. This funding will be used to support healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 and to ensure uninsured Americans can get testing and treatment for COVID-19.
$30 billion is being distributed immediately – with payments arriving via direct deposit beginning April 10, 2020 – to eligible U.S. healthcare providers. These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers, and will not need to be repaid.
Yes. The CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment Program has delivered billions of dollars to healthcare providers to help ensure providers and suppliers have the resources needed to combat the pandemic. The CMS accelerated and advance payments are a loan that providers must pay back. More information from CMS about this program.
All relief payments are being made to providers and according to their tax identification number (TIN). For example:
HHS is working rapidly on targeted distributions that will focus on providers in areas particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, rural providers, providers of services with lower shares of Medicare reimbursement or who predominantly serve the Medicaid population, and providers requesting reimbursement for the treatment of uninsured Americans.
To ensure that Americans are protected against financial obstacles that might prevent them from getting the testing and treatment they need from COVID-19.
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