State and Federal Small Practice and Business Assistance

Applications for Phase 4 of Provider Relief Fund Open Until Oct. 26th - Update from 10.5.21

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has opened the new application cycle for $25.5 billion in Phase 4 of COVID-19 provider funding. Clinicians can apply for the funds now through October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants will be able to apply for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments during the application process.

PRF Phase 4 is open to a broad range of clinicians with changes in operating revenues and expenses. ARP Rural is specifically available to clinicians who serve rural patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). See a detailed list of eligible provider types here.

HHS recently hosted a briefing session to provide information about these upcoming funding opportunities – view the video here. HRSA will also host webinar sessions featuring guidance on how to navigate the application portal.

    Real time technical assistance is available by calling the Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

    HHS Announces $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

    The Biden administration announced last Friday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More details can be found HERE. Important to note: 

    • Eligibility is based on documented lost revenues and changes in operating expenses from July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 
    • HRSA will reimburse a higher percentage of lost revenues and expenses for smaller providers as compared to larger providers. HRSA will provide "bonus" payments based on the amount of services they provide to Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare patients
    • HHS is also announcing today a final 60-day grace period to help providers come into compliance with their PRF Reporting requirements if they fail to meet the deadline on September 30, 2021, for the first PRF Reporting Time Period. While the deadlines to use funds and the Reporting Time Period will not change, HHS will not initiate collection activities or similar enforcement actions for noncompliant providers during this grace period.

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    Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Opened Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal - July 15th, 2021

    The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. All recipients of PRF payments must comply with the reporting requirements described in the Terms and Conditions. Providers who received funds between April 10, 2020 and June 30, 2020 are required to report during Reporting Period 1 and have until September 30, 2021 to submit their information via the Portal. HRSA is committed to supporting the providers who have received PRF payments in completing their reporting requirements successfully.Providers can review the updated Reporting Requirements Notice (June 11) to enter the PRF Reporting Portal. Portal registration is the first required step (if not already completed).Reporting resources like user guides, a data entry worksheet, updated Frequently Asked Questions, and more can found on the PRF Reporting web page, PRF Reporting Portal User Guide, Stakeholder One-pager, Stakeholder Toolkit, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For additional information, please call the Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522; for TTY dial 711. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

    State Provider Relief

    Updated June 7, 2021 

    Scott Administration Launches Economic Recovery Bridge Program

    Monday, June 7th, Governor Phil Scott, along with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and Department of Economic Development opened applications for the new “Economic Recovery Bridge Program.” The program aims to provide $30 million in financial relief to Vermont businesses who did not qualify for other state or federal relief programs and to businesses who may have received some aid, but still show a continued loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis and priority for the first 30 days will be given to businesses that have not received any State or Federal financial assistance in 2020 or 2021 including, but not limited to PPP Loans or Healthcare Provider Grants. After the initial 30-day window, second tier priority will be given to businesses who suffered a 2020 net tax loss and can still demonstrate an adjusted net loss after adding back the amounts of non-taxable assistance received in 2020 and 2021. For more information visit the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center.