President Trump is providing support to health care providers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The President signed the bipartisan: Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA (P.L. 116-127) and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act or PPPHCEA (P.L. 116-139), which each appropriate $1 billion to reimburse providers for conducting COVID-19 testing for the uninsured; and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136), which provides $100 billion in relief funds, including to hospitals and other health care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, and the PPPHCEA, which appropriated an additional $75 billion in relief funds. Within the Provider Relief Fund, a portion of the funding will be used to support healthcare-related expenses attributable to the treatment of uninsured individuals with COVID-19.
As part of the FFCRA, PPPHCEA, and (CARES) Act , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide claims reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 and treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Physicians and other health care providers are true heroes – especially during the COVID-19 outbreak – and HHS is grateful for their continued dedication.
How It Works
Health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020, can electronically request claims reimbursement through the program and will be reimbursed generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding. Steps will involve: enrolling as a provider participant, checking patient eligibility, submitting patient information, submitting claims electronically, and receiving payment via direct deposit.
Who Is Eligible?
Providers may submit claims for uninsured individuals in the U.S. without health care coverage. Providers will verify and attest that the patient does not have individual, employer-sponsored, Medicare or Medicaid coverage, and no other payer will reimburse them for COVID-19 testing and/or treatment for that patient.
What Is Covered?
For dates of service or admittance on or after February 4, 2020, providers will be eligible to seek reimbursement for COVID-19 testing and testing-related visits for uninsured individuals, as well as treatment for uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Ready to Get Started?
How to sign up and what to expect in the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal