The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Application and Attestation Portal is now open for Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural Distribution applications. Distributions received can be used for changes in a provider’s operating revenues and expenses incurred between January 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. In order to streamline the process, providers will apply for both programs through a single application, and eligible providers can receive payments from both programs. All applications must be submitted by October 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Here’s how to apply:
Phase 4 – To be eligible for funding from the $17 billion Phase 4 PRF distribution, an applicant must meet all five of the following eligibility requirements:
If you are currently terminated or excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, or other federal health care programs, or currently have your Medicare billing and participation privileges revoked, you are not eligible to apply for Phase 4 funding (even if you meet the eligibility requirements listed above).
ARP Rural Distribution – To be eligible for the ARP $8.5 billion rural distribution, an applicant must meet one of the three following eligibility requirements:
A provider will need certain revenue, tax and banking information, and documentation to complete the application. To determine what information and documents are needed, see HRSA’s sample application.
If you are a provider who has not previously received funds under a PRF General or Targeted Distribution, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) advises you to submit your TIN for IRS validation in the Application and Attestation Portal before starting the application. TIN validation can take up to 10 days, so starting this process as soon as possible is suggested. If you are a provider that previously received a PRF General Distribution payment, your TIN is already validated — you do not need to recomplete this step.
Once TIN validation is confirmed, complete the funding application and upload supporting documentation (if prompted) within the Application and Attestation Portal. As noted above, a single application will be used for both PRF Phase 4 and ARP Rural Distributions.
Once all applications are submitted, HSRA will review and calculate payment amounts based on the total number of applicants, reported financial data, administrative claims, and available funding. If you receive a payment and wish to keep the funding, you will be required to attest to the terms and conditions using the application and attestation portal.
Remember, all applications must be submitted by October 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.