On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was passed and signed into law. This bill included $100 billion in funding to a Provider Relief Fund (PRF) for aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is managed by the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and dollars are held within its Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).
These funds have been distributed to healthcare providers and facilities for financial assistance and do not have to be repaid as long as the provider meets the PRF’s terms and conditions and demonstrates financial need through reporting. When providers requested the funds, they attested that the funds would only be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
As of July 2021, the HHS has released the reporting deadlines which can be found on our website here.
On September 10, 2021, the HHS announced a 60-day grace period to help providers come into compliance with the PRF reporting requirement if they are required to and fail to meet the first reporting deadline of September 30, 2021. The deadline to use the funds and reporting time period will not change. The grace period begins on October 1, 2021 and will end on November 30, 2021. This grace period applies only to the first reporting deadline. More information can be found here.
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