Bill keeping government open gives hospitals new COVID-19 related Medicare payback rules, but no loan forgiveness

The appropriations bill Congress is poised to send to President Donald Trump to keep the federal government open through Dec. 11 includes a section giving hospitals one year, instead of the current three months, to start paying back all of the accelerated Medicare payments they received in the spring. The move, to be voted on Wednesday, gives some time and relief to cash-strapped small, rural hospitals dealing with COVID-19 that have lost income from non-emergency procedures and clinic visits that have been scrapped or postponed because of the pandemic. They owe Medicare $92 billion in credits for advances they received last spring to treat Medicare patients. This story is part of a nationwide collaboration of Institute for Nonprofit News members examining the effect COVID-19 is having on rural health care.

Health and Human Services provider relief fund allocations in Iowa as of Sept. 23, 2020

This story is part of a nationwide collaboration of Institute for Nonprofit News members examining the affect COVID-19 is having on rural health care. IowaWatch reporting in this project was made possible by support from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

Relief payments distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration have gone to the following Iowa health care providers, as of Sept. 23, 2020. The funds come via the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. These data show updates from databases IowaWatch published May 19, June 3, June 18, June 30, July 15, Aug.

Health and Human Services provider relief fund allocations in Iowa as of Sept. 3, 2020

This story is part of a nationwide collaboration of Institute for Nonprofit News members examining the affect COVID-19 is having on rural health care. IowaWatch reporting in this project was made possible by support from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

Relief payments distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration have gone to the following Iowa health care providers, as of Sept. 3, 2020. The funds come via the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. These data show updates from databases IowaWatch published May 19, June 3, June 18, June 30, July 15, Aug.