In a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Biden-Harris Administration is now releasing $7.5 billion in funds for the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The funds are going to rural health care facilities and providers who treat Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare patients.

From the press release: “Rural providers play an integral role in the Administration’s focus on addressing health equity. Research has found that 47 percent of rural providers were operating in the red pre-pandemic, and this Administration has heard from providers on the ground that the pandemic worsened this reality. To help mitigate some of these pandemic-related financial losses, providers were invited to begin applying for this ARP Rural relief funding starting September 29, 2021 and asked to complete their applications by November 3, 2021. In just three weeks, HRSA processed nearly 96 percent of the more than 55,000 ARP Rural applications submitted. Many ARP Rural payment recipients will also be eligible for additional funding through the $17 billion Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 opportunity that was also made available during the same time period. Providers could apply for both opportunities through a single application.”

The funds are being disbursed nationwide to all 50 states including Washington, D.C. and six U.S. territories.

To read the rest of the press release and see the breakdown of payments, click here.

SOURCE: www.hhs.gov