Ensuring At-Risk Providers That Rely on Medicaid Promptly Receive An Appropriate Share of CARES ACT Provider Funding

April 15, 2020

Dear Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma:

Thank you for the ongoing work to respond to the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). North Carolina is currently working closely with CMS regarding several high priority outstanding requests for Medicaid flexibility under the 1115 and Disaster SPA processes, and I appreciate your team’s partnership in those efforts. The purpose of this letter is to urge you to act quickly to dedicate a portion of the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to the essential providers that disproportionately serve Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured, as recently was done for Medicare providers. This step is needed to keep essential providers afloat until Congress, CMS and states can identify additional resources to sustain them through the pandemic.

CLICK HERE TO READ the full letter from Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, NCHHS Secretary