On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of approximately $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Including regional center providers – and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. The payment to each provider will be approximately 2 percent of reported gross revenue from services provided. The deadline was extended because only approximately 5% of eligible service providers had applied by the original deadline.
Initially there was confusion whether or not service providers that bill regional centers are eligible since they don’t bill Medicaid directly; however, the California Department of Health Care Services confirmed that a list of more than 17,000 providers of Regional Center services was submitted to CMS for eligibility.
A new FAQ with instructions for application is at: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/provider-relief-fund-medicaid-chip-factsheet.pdf.