Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal for Phase 2 Opened

The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is open for the second reporting period and will remain open through March 31, 2022. Providers who received one or more PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 must report on their use of funds. According to HHS, the deadline to use funds for this reporting period was December 31, 2021. Providers who were required to report in the first reporting period but did not report are out of compliance, will be excluded from receiving or retaining future PRF payments (including any applicable Phase 4 payments), and the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA) will seek repayment of those funds.

Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing “Addressing New Variants: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response;” 10:00 a.m.; January 11

Senate HELP Committee vote on Dr. Robert Califf ’s nomination to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs; 10:00 a.m.; January 12

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

S.3440 — A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Defense Production Act of 1950 to prohibit the Federal Government from limiting State access to key therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies, and from prioritizing Federal contracts over State contracts relating to purchasing supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic; Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]; Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.3444 — A bill to ensure that facilities of the Indian Health Service, facilities operated by an Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortium, and facilities operated by an urban Indian organization receive items from the strategic national stockpile and qualified pandemic or epidemic products directly from the Department of Health and Human Services; Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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