This week, U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Fla., announced $13,304,361 in federal funds for additional relief fund payments for Florida health care providers.
“Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making more than $1.75 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to 3,680 providers across the country,” she said.
“With this disbursement, HRSA has distributed approximately $13.5 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to nearly 86,000 and nearly $7.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to more than 44,000 providers since November 2021. I am pleased to announce $13,304,361 in additional relief fund payments for 190 Florida health care providers,” she continued.
“In September of 2021, HHS opened applications for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding. With this latest round of payments, nearly $21 billion of this funding has been distributed. Phase 4 payments reimburse smaller providers for a higher percentage of losses during the pandemic and include bonus payments for providers who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries,” Cherfilus-McCormick said.
“Providers can use PRF payments received in the first half of 2022 to cover losses and expenses until June 30, 2023. With these latest payments, approximately 92 percent of all Phase 4 applications have been processed. Remaining applications require additional manual review and HRSA is working to process them as quickly as possible,” Cherfilus-McCormick concluded.
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