April 10, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce over $241 Million in HHS Direct Payments to Medicare Providers in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided $241,471,841 to Medicare providers in the State of Nevada. This funding is the first distribution of the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund provided by the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress. In Nevada, 2,581 Medicare providers will receive direct cash payments to assist in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The crucial funding disbursed by HHS will go to frontline health care workers and medical providers across the state of Nevada as they continue to serve our communities,” said the Senators. “Yet we also recognize that much more needs to be done to ensure Nevada has the critical testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and support for health systems on the frontlines of this pandemic. Future distributions from this fund must take into account the needs of providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak, the safety net providers treating Nevada’s most vulnerable families, and those who care for populations at greatest risk of serious COVID-19 illness. That’s why we’ll continue to work with Governor Sisolak, and fight alongside our colleagues in the federal delegation to make sure our health providers get their fair share of federal resources.”

BACKGROUND:

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beginning the delivery of the initial $30 billion in relief funding to providers in support of the national response to COVID-19 as part of the distribution of the $100 billion provider relief fund provided for in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The initial $30 billion in immediate relief funds will begin being delivered to providers today. This initial broad-based distribution of the relief funds will go to hospitals and providers across the United States that are enrolled in Medicare. Facilities and providers are allotted a portion of the $30 billion based on their share of 2019 Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursements. These are payments, not loans, to health care providers, and will not need to be repaid.

Please see the attached fact sheets and this website for more information.