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HHS Begins Distributing $24B in Provider Relief Funds

On Dec. 16, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) completed its review of Phase 3 applications for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) money and will distribute $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 providers. Distribution of funds began this week and will continue through January 2021.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) originally planned to allocate $20 billion. However, after analyzing applications, the agency determined lost revenues and net changes in expenses would exceed the $20 billion budgeted for the Phase 3 allocation. HHS increased allocation by $4.5 billion to satisfy close to 90 percent of each applicant’s reported lost revenues and net change in expenses caused by the pandemic in the first half of 2020.

About 35,000 applicants will not receive additional payment because there was no change in their lost revenues or net expenses, or because they already received funds equal to 90 percent of reported lost revenue and net change in expenses.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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