KSLA learned late yesterday afternoon that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) formally announced a private pay distribution from the CARES Act provider relief funds for licensed assisted living providers. As anticipated based on recent discussions, the distribution model mirrors that of the Medicaid distribution previously announced and will total 2% of annual gross revenue in 2019 for private pay providers that submit an application and are validated by HHS.
Private pay providers can submit an application by visiting hhs.gov/providerrelief and the deadline for applications is Sunday, September 13, which is firm at the moment.
Argentum members please note: If you submitted your data into the Trade Association Portal a few weeks ago, you still need to complete the HHS application process. However, HHS has already validated your TIN number(s), so your application will be expedited.
To assist with the process, Argentum has compiled FAQs and encourages you to review them when submitting your application.
Additionally, Argentum is offering an upcoming webinar in partnership with ASHA on Tuesday, September 8 from 12-1pm ET on the private pay application process. We strongly encourage you to attend and/or share the registration link with those in your company who will be responsible for submitting an application.
Should you have any questions not addressed here or in the FAQs, please email HHS at HHSproviderfund@argentum.org and HHS will address them as soon as possible.
It is important to note that Argentum is continuing discussions with HHS on the inclusion of assisted living providers in a future general distribution that would be based upon lost revenue and increased expenses. While Argentum is still fighting for this additional funding, advocating for vaccine priority for residents and staff, and making the case for reasonable liability protections, this announcement from HHS offers a long-awaited resolution and provides significant support for the industry.
Kentucky Senior Living Association has participated in weekly calls with Argentum and all its state partners. This initiative to get the CARES Act Provider Relief Funds has been on the agenda for the past six or seven weeks and Argentum has worked diligently with HHS to get this accomplished. We continue to be optimistic that we will receive liability protection on COVID-related matters, as well as top priority when the vaccine is finally developed and approved.