April 07, 2020
The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday, April 3, 2020, during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force that Administration’s current plan is to use a portion of the $100 billion CARES Act funding to reimburse providers for treating uninsured patients with COVID-19. The Secretary outlined the conditions of payment including a promise to not balance bill patients and stated services paid for under this fund will be paid at Medicare rates.
HHS has yet to issue guidance on how the agency will dispense the entire $100 billion to support hospitals and providers during the public health emergency. To stay updated on COVID-19 resources, please visit the McDermottPlus Coronavirus Resource Center.