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HHS Extends Provider Relief Fund Attestation Deadline

Providers now have 45 days, increased from 30 days, to attest and accept the terms and conditions for payments from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, known as the Provider Relief Fund.

The fund was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support providers incurring health care–​related expenses and lost revenue from response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided a combined $175 billion for aid to hospitals and other providers. To date, HHS made public how it intends to distribute more than $70 billion from the fund.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension May 7 and it applies to all distributions from the fund, including the April 10 distribution for which the new deadline is May 24. Providers that do not attest and accept the conditions must return the payment to HHS within the same timeframe. The agency will consider providers that take no action within the  45 days as accepting the terms and conditions.

The association developed a members only COVID-19 funding tracker, capturing opportunities for essential hospitals to access needed resources. We encourage all members to visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Zina Gontscharow is a former senior policy analyst for America's Essential Hospitals.

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