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CARES Act aims to cover uninsured and underinsured for COVID-19 care

May 1, 2020 – FYI

If you’re uninsured or underinsured and become ill with COVID-19, you don’t have to worry about health insurance. The CBJ Economic Stabilization Task Force says the federal government is using a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to reimburse health care providers for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients. Funding comes from the CARES Act $100 billion emergency fund for hospitals and health care providers

The Economic Stabilization Task Force, an advisory group of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, is looking closely at the economic challenge brought on by the spread of COVID-19. The goal of the task force is to identify infrastructure and community economic revitalization programs that will protect segments of the community and economy most at immediate risk, while also building a foundation for long-term recovery. One important piece of this is how the federal CARES Act impacts the Juneau community. ​

The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund​​ ensures that health care providers treat everyone for COVID-19 related care, sending the money to providers through the same mechanism used for testing. Providers who receive funds under this program cannot balance bill the uninsured for the cost of their care. Providers will be reimbursed at Medicare rates. Learn more about the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund​ here​.

If you have any comments, questions, and/or suggestions related to the effect of COVID-19 on Juneau’s economy, email the Economic Stabilization Task Force​ at economic-stabilization@juneau.org. Learn more about the Economic Stabilization Task Force here.

For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 586-0715.

Go to juneau.org/covid-19 and Bartlett Hospital’s COVID-19 page for more local news, information, and resources to help keep Juneau safe and healthy.