On September 30th, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), opened the online portal for health care providers to apply for funding from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural distribution. Eligible health care providers will be able to apply for $25.5 billion in relief funds, including $8.5 billion in ARP resources for providers who serve rural patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and $17 billion for PRF Phase 4 for a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses.
Providers must submit their completed application by the final deadline of October 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. In order to expedite and streamline the application process and minimize administrative burdens, providers will apply for both programs in a single application. More information on the application portal, eligibility for the PRF, and the methodologies can be found online: https://www.hrsa.gov/provider-relief/future-payments.
HRSA will be hosting webinar sessions for Phase 4 and ARP rural applicants, featuring guidance on how to navigate the application portal:
Additionally, HRSA is committed to transparency and proactive communications around PRF payments. To this end, HRSA published detailed information about how the PRF Phase 3 payments were calculated. Providers that believe their PRF Phase 3 payment was not calculated correctly according to this methodology can submit the completed form online by the deadline November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to facilitate review and expedite any revised payments made as a result of the reconsiderations process.