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HHS to Begin Immediate Delivery of Initial $30 Billion of CARES Act Provider Relief Funding

Apr 10, 2020

As of today, ambulance service suppliers and providers should start automatically receiving an allocation of payments from the Public Health and Social Emergency Fund.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an initial distribution of $30 billion of the funds appropriated through the CARES Act will be distributed to Medicare providers and suppliers over the next week. The Fund was appropriated at $100 billion but not all the funds will be distributed as direct payments to providers and suppliers.

HHS is determining the amount of individual payments based on the proportion of the 2019 Medicare payments to the provider or supplier compared to total outlays for Medicare fee-for-service that year of $484 billion.  Our industry is estimating a total of approximately $265 million will be distributed to ground ambulance services in the initial round of payments.

NAEMT will continue advocating for more relief for all EMS through any and all legislative and regulatory vehicles. Read more