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Past General Distributions

Phase 1 Payments

Two weeks after enactment of the CARES Act, on April 10, 2020, HHS initially projected and announced $30 billion in the Phase 1 General Distribution funding to eligible providers who billed Medicare fee-for-service in order to provide financial relief during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An additional $20 billion was later announced. These funds were allocated proportional to providers' share of annual patient revenue.

Total Allocated Amount (as of 11/12/2021): $42.82 billion

Payments to (as of 11/22/21): 306,328 providers

Relief Fund Payment from $30 Billion General Distribution Terms and Conditions (PDF - 93 KB)

Relief Fund Payment $20 Billion General Distribution Terms and Conditions (PDF - 86 KB)

Phase 2 Payments

HHS initially projected and announced $18 billion in the Phase 2 General Distribution funding. This allocation was later revised as HHS received less than $18 billion in applications eligible for funding. Eligible providers included participants in state Medicaid programs, including Medicaid managed care plans, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and certain Medicare providers, including those who did not receive a Phase 1 General Distribution payment equal to 2% of their total patient care revenue or had a change in ownership in 2019 or 2020. Assisted living facilities and some dentists were newly eligible to apply under Phase 2.

Total Allocated Amount (as of 11/12/2021): $5.09 billion

Payments to (as of 11/22/21): 103,449 providers

Phase 2 General Distribution Relief Fund Payment Terms and Conditions (PDF - 65 KB)

Phase 3 Payments

HHS initially made $24.5 billion in new funding available from existing PRF funds for a Phase 3 General Distribution allocation. Providers previously eligible from earlier phases or who had already received Provider Relief Fund payments were invited to apply for additional payments that would take into account their financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus, but the payments they had received earlier were deducted from any Phase 3 payment. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began operations in the first quarter of 2020, were invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers were eligible for relief payments.

Total Allocated Amount (as of 11/12/2021): $21.36 billion

Payments to (as of 11/22/21): 65,367 providers

Phase 3 General Distribution Relief Fund Terms and Conditions (PDF - 66 KB) (PDF - 67 KB)

Requesting a Phase 3 Payment Reconsideration: Providers who believed their PRF Phase 3 payment was not calculated correctly according to this methodology (PDF - 175 KB)  (PDF – 175 KB) had an opportunity to request reconsideration. The application period for reconsideration has now closed. Visit our Payment Reconsideration page for more information.

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