Note: Previous phases of the Provider Relief Fund distributions were issued in 2020. Information about those distributions has been removed from this website to make the current opportunity as clear as possible.

On September 10, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a fourth phase of provider relief funding. It will distribute an additional $17 billion to pediatricians and other providers who have experienced lost revenue and increased expenses due to COVID-19. HHS also announced $8.5 billion will be available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, or Medicare patients. Providers will be able to apply from September 29 to October 26, 2021 and will use a single application to apply for both programs. Eligible providers can receive payments from both programs. In Phase 4, HHS is offering additional funds for smaller providers and bonus payments for providers who serve a large number of Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare patients.

See here for more information regarding Phase 4 and ARP Rural Payments here. A one-page fact sheet provides a summary for health care providers.

The AAP continues to advocate for needed financial support for pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. Find more information about AAP advocacy and priorities here.

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