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Latest information about COVID-19 from DSD

The latest news about the pandemic and information from the Disability Services Division for our partners, providers and the people we serve. Click a headline below to read the full article.

Note: For updates related to agencywide DHS programs, visit the DHS homepage. It has information for providers, counties, tribal nations and members of the public as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated as changes happen at federal and state levels. To be notified when changes occur, you can sign up for COVID-19-specific DHS email notifications.

The governor granted the Minnesota Department of Human Services emergency temporary authority to change administrative and regulatory requirements for food assistance, home care, public health care and other state programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a complete list of temporary waivers and program modifications. We will describe many of these modifications further in DHS bulletins. If you have further questions, visit the Disability services COVID-19 FAQ webpage. We will update that page frequently, as we are able.

HHS extends deadline to apply for Provider Relief Funds to Aug. 3

7/27/2020 12:54:13 PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline to apply for distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to Aug. 3. Providers, including home and community-based service (HCBS) providers, are encouraged to apply even if they are uncertain if they are eligible. 

Approximately $15 billion will be given to eligible Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and that have not already received funds from the Provider Relief Fund. 

These payments will not be made automatically. Providers must use the federal portal to apply for this support. Eligible providers must have directly billed either their state Medicaid/CHIP programs (DHS) or Medicaid-managed care plans for health care-related services between Jan. 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020. Nearly 1 million providers may be eligible across the country. 

More information about the requirements and distributions is available online at the HHS website, including these recently updated resources:

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