(August 21, 2020- Washington, D.C.)– The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) and Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urged Puerto Rico’s healthcare sector to act on a vital opportunity to receive much-needed available federal funding to continue fighting the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. HHS announced an extension of the application deadline for several programs under the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and dental providers. HHS also plans to allow certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges in the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution application period a second opportunity to receive funds. Both groups will have until Friday, August 28, 2020, to apply.
The General Distribution of Phase 2 will provide a $15 billion allocation that eligible Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, CHIP, and dental providers could begin applying for 2 percent of reported revenue from patient care. Additionally, Medicare providers who didn’t apply for additional funding under Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution would also have the opportunity to complete an application and be considered for the balance of their additional funding up to 2 percent of their annual patient revenues.
“Through the Provider Relief Fund, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is ensuring efficient and equitable support for Medicare and Medicaid providers across the states and territories. By extending the deadline for Medicaid providers and by giving certain Medicare providers a second opportunity to apply, we are helping ensure that eligible health care providers receive the support they need,” explained Jim Parker, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Health Reform and Director of the Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“We’re pleased HHS extended the application deadline of these funds to address challenges confronted by providers in applying for these relief payments. As Puerto Rico continues to experience a spike in COVID-19 positive cases, adequate access to federal funding will provide additional resources to bolster our response,” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. “It is important to recognize that HHS has provided several extensions for these funds during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring providers on the island have flexibility under these extenuating circumstances. We urge the healthcare sector to use this opportunity to ensure hospitals and physicians have access to equipment and resources during this ongoing health crisis”.
For updated information and data on the Provider Relief Fund, visit: hhs.gov/providerrelief