Last week, the Trump Administration announced it would use a portion of the $100 billion in provider relief funds included in the CARES Act to directly reimburse providers for the cost of uninsured COVID-19 patients. HHS stated that hospitals would only be eligible for the funding if they do not saddle patients with surprise bills. This week, HHS released guidance
on exactly how the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will be administered.
that it will be increasing payment for high-production coronavirus lab tests. CMS says Medicare will pay the higher payment of $100 for COVID-19 clinical diagnostic lab tests making use of high-throughput technologies developed by the private sector that allow for increased testing capacity, faster results and more effective means of combating the spread of the virus. Medicare will pay laboratories for the tests at $100 effective April 14, 2020, through the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency.
The Treasury Department and IRS launched “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here
,” a web portal where Americans who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 can submit basic personal information to the IRS so that they can receive their CARES Act stimulus check. In order to speed payments, individuals should enter their bank-account information and their payment will be directly deposited in their bank account.
The FDA and FTC have been busy snuffing out fraudulent COVID-19 cures. The agencies issued warning letters to three sellers of fraudulent COVID-19 products this week. If you see products online that claim to treat coronavirus, remember that there are currently no FDA-approved products to prevent or treat COVID-19. Consumers concerned about COVID-19 should consult with their healthcare provider.
CDC updated its guidance
for people who are at higher risk for severe illness. The updated information includes extra precautions that this population should take as well as a video to watch on the topic. CDC also released updated information
for higher risk populations with specific steps to take depending on your risk factors that helps to explain the risk profile and actions to take in case an individual contracts the virus.
SSA is aware of the difficulties that COVID-19 has presented for Medicare beneficiaries. Individuals who are eligible and not enrolled in Medicare benefits should apply online
. Individuals interested in enrolling in Medicare Part B coverage who are eligible to apply under the Special Enrollment Period should complete forms CMS-40B
and fax their enrollment request to SSA toll free at 1-833-914-2016, or mail their request to their local SSA field office. These individuals should complete Section A and Section B of the CMS-L564 (normally completed by an employer) and submit proof of employment, group health plan or large group health plan. Although SSA offices are closed for in-person service, requests received by mail are being processed normally. Individuals can find the address and phone number for their local field office using the Social Security Office Locator
Be sure to check the coronavirus information section
of the NAHU website on a regular basis. We update it daily with any new resources or guidance released by the federal government.