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More Federal Relief Money Available For Health Providers

Alex Azar
Associated Press
“Health care providers who focus on treating the most vulnerable Americans, including low-income and minority patients, are absolutely essential to our fight against COVID-19,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said. ";s:

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has notified Florida doctors and safety-net health providers about the availability of upward of $25 billion in additional federal COVID-19 relief money. 

The DeSantis administration sent an alert Wednesday advising health care providers about the opportunity to qualify. 

Of the money, $15 billion will be targeted to clinicians who participate in state Medicaid programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and have not already received previous payments from $50 billion made available under a stimulus law known as the CARES Act.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Wednesday, saying in a prepared statement that, "Healthcare providers who focus on treating the most vulnerable Americans, including low-income and minority patients, are absolutely essential to our fight against COVID-19." 

The funding is being made available through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. 

Payments to clinicians will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care and will vary based on Medicaid patient caseload. 

Close to 1 million health care providers may be eligible for the funding, according to the federal government. It’s not clear how many Florida clinicians and providers - including pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and behavioral health providers, assisted living facilities and other home- and community-based services providers - would qualify. 

The remaining $10 billion announced Wednesday is for safety-net hospitals that meet certain requirements, including profitability of 3 percent or less in their most recently filed cost reports.