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Update on Provider Relief Fund Payments

Here are some timely updates regarding the status of Provider Relief Fund payments:

  • HHS is continuing to work through delayed Phase 2 distributions. If you still have outstanding payments from Phase 2, please continue to share that information by emailing HHSproviderfund@argentum.org and be sure to include your company, community name, and TIN number. We are passing along each inquiry to our contacts at HHS for follow up.
  • Due to an error, many providers did not receive notification that their TINs have been validated and were not notified to apply for the Phase 3 financial relief. As such, in the next day or two, those providers will be receiving a communication from HHS/UnitedHealthcare/Optum informing them of their eligibility to apply for Phase 3 financial relief by January 6th. If you have already applied for Phase 3 funding, this message should not apply to you. If you did not apply for Phase 3 funding, we encourage you to make sure your relevant team members are on the lookout for this message to move forward with your application process as soon as possible.
  • HHS has noted that payments from Phase 3 will be distributed in three batches: the first of which has already been distributed; the second will be in the next few weeks; and the final batch will be distributed a few weeks thereafter. It is unlikely that the current stimulus package passed by Congress, but yet to be signed by President Trump, will impact Phase 3 financial relief in any way.
  • We are still cautiously optimistic that HHS will continue to consider launching a “Phase 3.5” that will address provider losses from the third quarter of 2020. We are still working to advance this advocacy, and we encourage you to be ready to provide relevant financial details (similar to those provided in Phase 3 applications) so you will be prepared should an announcement be made.

 


Sincerely,
North Carolina Assisted Living Association


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