Deadline extended for Provider Relief Fund: Medicaid and CHIP provider distribution applications

On June 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of approximately $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. The initial deadline for applications was July 20, 2020. This deadline has been extended to Aug. 3, 2020.

Who can apply?

According to HHS, any provider that meets eligibility requirements and can attest to Terms and Conditions associated with the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution is eligible for funding. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 3, 2020.

To be eligible, providers must have:

  • Received no payment from the $50 billion General Distribution to Medicare providers
  • Billed Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed care plans for health care-related services between Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2019
  • Filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018 or 2019; or be exempt from filing a return
  • Provided patient care after Jan. 31, 2020
  • No permanently ceased providing patient care directly, or indirectly
  • Reported on Form 1040 (or other tax form) gross receipts or sales from providing patient care

Where can I find more information and apply?

Visit the HHS Provider Relief Fund website for more information about eligibility requirements, Terms and Conditions, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has created a Provider Relief Fund: Medicaid and CHIP Provider Distribution fact sheet, which includes application information, eligibility requirements, attestation requirements, and information on repayment and use of funds.

If you have questions, call the HHS provider support line at 866.569.3522 (TTY 711) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CST), Monday through Friday.