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Program Update

With the passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 and related rescission of program funds, no further payments will be made to providers under the Provider Relief Fund or the American Rescue Plan Rural Distribution, including no reconsideration payments. Likewise, no additional claims payments will be made under the Uninsured Program or Coverage Assistance Fund. Per the Terms and Conditions of each Program, all reporting and auditing requirements will continue without disruption.

Targeted Distributions

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural Payments

In November 2021, HRSA began releasing ARP Rural payments to providers and suppliers who have served rural Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries from January 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Learn more about the recipients using the data sets linked below:

$8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources were made available to support rural communities impacted by COVID-19. Although separate from the Provider Relief Fund program, the ARP Rural application was administered via the PRF Portal.

COVID-19 High Impact Area Payments

HHS allocated funding to hospitals that had a high number of confirmed COVID-19 positive inpatient admissions as of April and June 2020.

Safety Net Hospitals Payments

HHS distributed $10 billion in Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable citizens.

Acute Care Hospitals

HHS distributed an additional $3 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments to acute care hospitals or hospitals operating on thin margins serving a large percentage of vulnerable populations.

Children’s Hospitals

HHS distributed an additional $1.1 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments to children's hospitals so they can continue to care for children and operate safely.

Rural Hospitals Payments

HHS distributed $10 billion to rural hospitals, including rural acute care general hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Community Health Centers located in rural areas. HHS also provided an additional $1 billion for specialty rural hospitals, urban hospitals with certain rural Medicare designations, and hospitals in small metropolitan areas.

Skilled Nursing Facilities Payments

HHS distributed a series of funding to nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities across the nation. This funding helped to combat the devastating effects of this pandemic.

The Nursing Home Quality Incentive Payment Program rewarded nursing homes that created and maintained safe environments for their residents.

Indian Health Service Payments

On May 22, 2020, HHS announced an allocation in payments from the Provider Relief Fund to the Indian Health Service and tribal hospitals, clinics, and urban health centers to support the tribal response to COVID-19.

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