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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 Distribution Amount: $46.02 billion

Recipients: Over 320,000 providers who bill for Medicare fee-for-service

How General Distribution Phase 1 payments were determined

Eligibility for past automatic funding

Rapid payments to eligible providers

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 Distribution Amount: $5.98 billion

Recipients: 60,832

Eligibility for Phase 2 General Distribution

Phase 3 Payments

HHS 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 Distribution Amount: $24.5 billion

Recipients: 97,433

Requesting a Phase 3 Payment Reconsideration: Providers who believe their PRF Phase 3 payment was not calculated correctly according to this methodology  (PDF – 175 KB) have an opportunity to request reconsideration. Visit our Payment Reconsideration page for more information.

Eligibility for Phase 3 General Distribution

Allocation for Uninsured Patients

A portion of the Provider Relief Fund is also being used to provide claims reimbursement to health care providers for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19, treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis, and administering COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured individuals. Providers can request claims reimbursement and are reimbursed generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding and compliance with program requirements.

Allocation for Underinsured Patients

A portion of the Provider Relief Fund is also used to reimburse health care providers for administering COVID-19 vaccines on or after December 14, 2020 to underinsured individuals (defined as those enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing). Providers can request claims reimbursement and are paid at the national Medicare rate, subject to available funding and compliance with program requirements.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2021