NAMD Requests U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Partner with State Medicaid Programs on Provider Relief Fund Distribution
On April 27, 2020, NAMD sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting immediate engagement with Medicaid agencies to inform distribution of CARES Act provider relief funds to Medicaid providers.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act created a Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to help mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare providers. NAMD sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting that HHS partner with state Medicaid agencies to quickly distribute funds to Medicaid providers, who serve the nation’s most vulnerable populations and who generally operate under slimmer financial margins than other providers. Additionally, NAMD requested that HHS share critical data with states on Medicaid providers that may be at risk of closure, to ensure that state-level provider relief efforts are appropriately targeted.
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