By Patrick Formato, Barbara Phair, Frank Mazzagatti and Jonathan Rogoff
U.S. Dept. of HHS Begins Delivering $30 billion in Aid
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it will begin distributing an initial $30 billion in relief funding to health-care providers on Friday, which is part of the $100 billion relief fund passed in the coronavirus aid, relief and economic security, or CARES, act.
The funding will be used to support health-care-related expenses or lost revenue caused by the coronavirus and will provide testing and treatment for uninsured Americans so they don’t receive “a surprise bill from a provider,” according to a statement released by HHS.
The department said it is partnering with UnitedHealth Group to deliver the initial $30 billion.
HHS said the initial distribution of relief funds will go to hospitals and providers that are enrolled in Medicare.
The department and the Trump administration are working on additional relief fund distributions that will focus on providers particularly impacted by COVID-19, rural providers and other providers that serve the Medicaid population, HHS said.
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