How to Applyfor the Provider Relief Fund
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal is open and accepting applications until July 20.
The launch of the enhanced portal followed HHS’ June 9 announcement that said eligible Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program dental providers may apply for relief fund payments. The payment to each provider will be at least 2% of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients the provider serves, according to HHS.
Before applying to receive funding, HHS recommends providers first:
• Read the Medicaid Provider Distribution Instructions Form.
• Download the Medicaid Provider Distribution Application Form
As reported in our Member Update newsletter the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that $15 billion will go toward providers serving individuals covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, including home- and community-based services providers.
The money is part of the $175 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund that federal lawmakers created in a pair of coronavirus relief bills earlier this year to help health care providers. While HHS has already distributed billions of dollars from the fund, little has gone toward providers funded primarily by Medicaid. That has drawn an outcry from disability advocates and lawmakers alike.
DDA Licensed Residential Settings Suspected Outreak Provider Checklist
The DDA has developed guidance to support DDA licensed residential providers as it pertains to COVID-19 precautions. The guidance includes an action checklist that can be modified or used when there is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, a screening tool is also shared for providers to use when participants are returning to a provider’s home after returning from the hospital and/or their family homes in order to ensure overall health and safety.
Click here for the link.
Please ensure appropriate staff members in your organization are informed of the contents of this communication.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Maryland Works is closely monitoring ongoing updates about COVID-19 throughout the State. We recommend viewing the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for updated information on COVID-19. We will continue to check the MDH and CDC websites daily for updates and listen for new information from local news and public healthcare providers.
The symptoms of the COVID-19 are:
- Mild to severe respiratory illness
- shortness of breath
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:
- Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
How You can Protect Yourself and other from the spread of CoVID-19 or any other raspatory disease.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
- If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
- Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the publication of Unemployment Insurance Guidance Letter 15-20 (UIPL) providing guidance to states for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Under FPUC, states will administer an additional $600 weekly payment to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other benefits. This provision is contained in Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted on March 27, 2020.
“The $600 weekly unemployment compensation boost included in the CARES Act will provide valuable support to American workers and their families during this challenging time,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “The Department will continue to provide guidance and support to the States so they can administer the important new benefits under the CARES Act while guarding against fraud and abuse in their Unemployment Insurance systems.”
This program allows states to provide an additional $600 per week benefit to individuals who are collecting regular Unemployment Compensation (including Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX)), as well as the following unemployment compensation programs: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC); Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA); Extended Benefits (EB); ShortTime Compensation (STC); Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); and payments under the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program. FPUC benefit payments are fully federally-funded.
To provide assistance and assurance to those eligible, the benefit payments under FPUC may begin as soon as the week after the execution of a signed agreement between the department and states. The timeline for these payments will vary by state. As states begin providing this payment, eligible individuals will receive retroactive payments back to their date of eligibility or the signing of the state agreement, whichever came later. All states have executed agreements with the department as of March 28, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that FPUC benefit payments will end after payments for the last week of unemployment before July 31, 2020.
The UIPL also includes guidance to states about protecting unemployment insurance program integrity, as the provisions in the CARES Act operate in tandem with the fundamental eligibility requirements of the Federal-State UI program. The department is actively working with states receiving funding under the Act to provide unemployment insurance benefits only to those who are entitled to such benefits.
For more information about UIPLs or previous guidance, please visit: https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/
How to Apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan
On Friday, April 24th President Trump signed into law a measure refunding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) program with $310 billion in additional lending authority. The fresh funding round means small businesses will have a second chance at getting a loan that could help them keep their companies afloat. Community Service Providers are eligible to apply for the PPP loan. All PPP loans will turn into grants, which you do not have to repay the loan.
Small business owners who have not yet applied for the Paycheck Protection Program should apply through an eligible lender, like a local bank. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a list of eligible lenders that you can view here. Businesses should apply through a bank with whom they have a standing relationship, like one where they have a corporate account or have taken a loan from.
Applicants must submit a SBA Form 2483 (Paycheck Protection Program Application Form) and payroll documentation; more information can be found at the SBA’s FAQ page.