COVID-19 Uninsured Program Now Includes Air, Water
HHS Updates Guidance on Provider Relief Funding for Uninsured to include Air and Water Ambulance
The Department of Health and Human Services recently updated its guidance on the disbursement of provider relief funds under the CARES Act for the testing and treatment of the uninsured. Previously, HHS indicated that this allocation was only available for the reimbursement of emergency and non-emergency ground ambulance transportation. However, in its most recent update, HHS has removed the restriction that limited participation to ground ambulance providers and suppliers. The new guidance indicates that the relief funds are now available for all emergency ambulance transportation and non-emergency patient transfers via ambulance.
Thus, it appears that air and water ambulance providers and suppliers are now eligible to receive funding for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Is there anything my air or water ambulance organization needs to do to claim reimbursement for treatment of uninsured COVID patients?
Yes. In order to be eligible for payments for the treatment of uninsured COVID patients, you must enroll as a participant in the program. Enrollment must be done through an online portal that can be accessed at: http://www.coviduninsuredclaim.hrsa.gov.
Once my organization enrolls, when can we start submitting claims for reimbursement for treatment of uninsured COVID patients?
HHS has indicated that it will begin to accept claims for reimbursement for treatment of the uninsured on May 6, 2020.
FUNDING FOR TREATMENT OF UNINSURED COVID PATIENTS IS SUBJECTED TO AVAILABLE FUNDING, AND IS THEREFORE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THESE FUNDS WILL BE EXHAUSTED IN FAIRLY SHORT ORDER.