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Important Deadline For HHS Provider Relief Fund Application

HHS has provided additional clarification around the deadline for providers to complete their application for Phase 2 of the Provider Relief Fund. The deadline for providers to have submitted their applications for Phase 2 of the HHS provider relief fund, whether they were applying as a Medicare provider or as a Medicaid/CHIP provider, was September 13. The first step of that process required a provider to get their Tax ID Number (TIN) validated, a process that could take a few days. The previous guidance from HHS had indicated that as long as the application process had been started and the TIN validation had been requested by the deadline of September 13th, providers could still complete the application process once their TIN had been validated, even if that didn’t happen until after the Sept. 13th deadline. On September 17th, HHS provided some additional clarity around the timing of the completion of the entire application process, saying that the full application process must be started by September 21st, and a complete application must be submitted by September 28th in order to be considered. The following 3 Questions and Answers were added to or updated on the HHS Provider Relief Fund FAQs (the full list of FAQs can be found here: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/provider-relief-fund-general-distribution-faqs.pdf) :

 

Q: When is the deadline to submit an application? (Modified 9/17/2020)

A: The deadline to submit a TIN for validation for the Phase 2 – General Distribution is September 13, 2020. Applications must be started by September 21, 2020 and submitted by September 28, 2020. Applications that are not completed by September 28 will be voided.

 

Q: Will health care providers that have not had their TINs validated by the application deadline of September 13, 2020 be able to submit an application after that date? (Modified 9/17/2020)

A: Yes. A health care provider must submit their TIN for validation by end of day September 13, 2020. If they receive the results of that validation after September 13, they must start an application by September 21 and submit the application by September 28 for consideration under 31 Phase 2. Applications that are not completed by September 28 will be voided.

 

Q: If my TIN will take more than 15 days to be validated, when will I be notified? (Modified 9/17/2020)  

A: If your TIN cannot be validated within 15 days of submission, you will receive an email 13 days after submission notifying you that additional verification is required by the State/Territory Medicaid or CHIP agency. If you do not receive an email, please contact the Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522 (for TTY, dial 711). Please note that it may take additional time to validate your TIN in these instances, particularly when close to deadlines. If you receive the results of that validation after September 13, you must start an application by September 21 and submit the application by September 28 for consideration under Phase 2. Applications that are not completed by September 28 will be voided.

Based on this new guidance, if you haven’t started you application yet, make sure you do so by Monday, September 21st and have it completed and submitted by Monday, September 28th. If your TIN Validation is taking longer than expected, please call the HHS Provider Support link at 866-569-3522.

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