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May 14, 2020

Health Law Daily

States Concerned About Possibly Delayed COVID-19 Medicaid Relief

  • May 14, 2020

Bloomberg Law (5/13, Subscription Publication) reports that health care “providers that serve the poorest populations are eager to get a piece of the Covid-19 relief fund, but state leaders and advocacy groups are worried it won’t be enough.” Bloomberg says “Medicaid providers so far have seen very little of the $175 billion that Congress set aside for hospitals and providers” in the CARES Act. The Administration “signaled funding is on the way in a request for data that has sent states scrambling.” CMS “asked states for a list of their Medicaid providers, how much money each made in the last two calendar years, and their bank routing numbers.” Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, said “providers are concerned, however, that whatever money they may get will be too little too late.” An HHS spokesperson said that “it’s committed to distributing CARES Act relief funds in a way that is fast, fair, simple, and transparent.”