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Healthcare System Relief Fund

Information on COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund Allocations

The Governor has authorized the allocation and expenditure of a total of $100 million in emergency funding from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to support Healthcare providers with COVID-19 related expenses and lost revenues from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020. Of the $100 million in allocated funds, $70 million is dedicated for programs for Healthcare Providers and $30 million is dedicated for programs for Long Term Care Providers.

On July 30, 2020, Governor Sununu announced that the third round of grant applications is open for Healthcare Care Providers, as well as a second-round for Long Term Care Providers. Applications must be submitted through the web portal by the deadline of August 13, 2020.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in consultation with GOFERR, will administer these programs.

There will be separate applications for healthcare providers and long term care providers. DHHS has appointed a team of individuals from DHHS, the Department of Revenue Administration, and the Attorney General’s office (CEHSRF team) to review and approve applications.

Healthcare Provider Program

All New Hampshire Healthcare Providers, other than Long Term Care providers, with COVID-19 related expenses and lost revenues from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020, are eligible and must complete a new application to be considered as part of the third round of funding. Eligible Providers include providers who received funding in the first round or following the supplemental application period or those who may have been ineligible for funding, as well as providers who did not apply when the program began in March, that have eligible losses or expenses.

The Healthcare Provider Program application can be found here:
https://nhpublichealth.force.com/nhgoferr/Core_Grant_Reporting_Page

For any questions, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can be reached via email at
[email protected]

Long Term Care Provider Program

Long Term Care Providers with COVID-19 related expenses and losses from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020, are eligible to receive funding from the $30 million allocated to the Long Term Care Provider Program. This program will be administered in a similar but separate application process to the Healthcare Provider Program.

To be eligible under the newly announced second round of the Long Term Care Provider Program, all applicants, including those who have previously received funding but have additional eligible losses or expenses, must complete the application.

The Long Term Care Provider Program application can be found here:
https://nhpublichealth.force.com/nhgoferr/Core_Grant_Reporting_Page

For any questions, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can be reached via email at:
[email protected]

Application Review and Grant Awards

Following the mandatory submission period of July 31, 2020, through August 13, 2020, DHHS will review all information received from the Healthcare Provider and Long Term Provider applications and make its recommendation to the Governor for relief criteria and amounts that equitably divide the remaining available funds among the eligible New Hampshire providers. It is anticipated that all funds will be allocated at one time, subject to the final approval. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate a need for the funds to keep doors open.   

A notice that applications have been approved and the amount of the award will be sent to the applicants. A list of the approved applicants and the amount of the awards will be posted on the DHHS and GOFERR websites. Checks will be issued within 7 to 10 days after approval.

Note: Upon notification that your organization has been approved for a grant under the Healthcare System Relief Fund program, awardees will need to establish a state vendor number with the Department of Administrative Services in order to be paid.

Registration is free and is available at https://das.nh.gov/purchasing/vendorregistration/

The digital application form will become the final grant agreement and a binding contract upon approval by the Governor.

Decisions on allocations will not be determined until all supplemental applications are received, after August 13, 2020.

Previous Programs & Awards

Healthcare Providers

To date, $54,500,000 has been awarded to Healthcare Providers over two rounds under the Healthcare System Relief Fund.

Initial Round Awards for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare Providers Second Grant Awards

Awards made under the second award round of the Healthcare System Relief Fund - Healthcare Provider Program were determined utilizing the following formula:

In this round, applicants were asked to provide, among other things, (1) the estimated losses for March, April and May of 2020, (2) estimated additional Covid-19 related expenses incurred to date, and (3) the amount of assistance the applicant estimated it would need for the next two months. The awards were based on 50% of the amount of aid requested for the next two months, as long as that number was not greater than the actual decreased revenue in March, April and May 2020 as compared to the same months in 2019, plus actual expenses related to COVID -19 (total allowable costs to date). If the requested aid amount was greater than total allowable costs to date, or no amount was requested, an award was still be made of 50% of the total allowable costs. For purposes of this alternate award calculation, if the revenue figures did not show a loss for the three month period reported, the award could still be made based only on 50% of actual COVID-19 expenses.  If not all months were provided, only those provided for both 2019 and 2020 were used. Finally, some applicants described expenses but provided no numeric values. Those applicants were given an opportunity to provide just the actual expenses identified in the application for up to June 19 when the application closed.

Long Term Care Providers Grant Awards

COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund – Long Term Care Provider Grant Allocations as of August 5, 2020

Awards made under the initial award round of the Healthcare System Relief Fund - Long Term Care Provider Program were determined utilizing the following formula:

In this round, applicants were asked to provide, among other things, (1) the estimated losses for March, April and May of 2020, (2) estimated additional Covid-19 related expenses incurred to date, and (3) the amount of assistance the applicant estimated it would need for the next two months. The awards were made based on 50% of the amount of aid requested for the next two months, as long as that number was not greater than the actual decreased revenue in March, April and May 2020, as compared to the same months in 2019, plus actual expenses related to COVID -19 (total allowable costs to date). If the requested aid amount was greater than total allowable costs to date, or if there was no amount requested, an award would still be made of 100% of the total allowable costs, unless review of the explanation showed that the expenses had already been reimbursed. For purposes of this alternate award calculation, if the revenue figures did not show a loss for the three month period reported, the award could still be made based only on actual unreimbursed COVID-19 expenses. For County facilities, as a government entity, the award could only be based on 100% of unreimbursed expenses. If not all months were provided, only those provided for both 2019 and 2020 were used. Finally, some applicants described expenses but provided no numeric values. Those applicants were given an opportunity to provide just the actual expenses identified in the application for up to June 19 when the application closed.