SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #91: Federal Provider Relief Fund: Guidance on How to Access "General Distribution" Funds

Friday, May 29, 2020

Congress created a $175 billion Provider Relief Fund to support providers as they deal with COVID-19. Recently, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distribution of the first $50 billion of this fund—through the so-called “General Distribution” mechanism—for providers who billed Medicare in 2019.

To help providers understand how to access funding, NC Medicaid has developed the Federal Provider Relief Fund: Guidance on How to Access “General Distribution” Funds, including: 

  • Instructions to access federal “general distribution” funds
  • Overview of the next $50 billion available in the federal Provider Relief Fund, including $22 billion to hospitals highly impacted by COVID-19 and to rural health care providers
  • Additional resources

Additionally, to ensure providers have a complete view of federal funding available due to COVID-19, Key Federal Funding Available for Health Care Providers and Hospitals to Address COVID-19 includes a high-level overview of the Provider Relief Fund and other key sources of federal funding, and instructions for providers to access those funds.
NC Medicaid will update both documents when additional information is released by HHS.  


NC Medicaid Contact Center: 888-245-0179