About the program
This program is designed to provide CARES Act funds to reimburse eligible recipients for the purchase of “personal protective equipment” and providing COVID-19 testing for employees and staff for protection against COVID-19 from current patients.
Applicants who have questions can call 833-456-4560.
Where can I view the program Rules and Regulations?
Is there a phone number I can call to speak with someone about this program?
Applicants who have questions can call 833-456-4560.
How can I apply?
How were eligible recipients, fund totals and maximum awards determined?
The legislature determined these awardees, fund, and total grant amounts in H.B. 1782.
Who is eligible for this program?
Eligible recipients for this program are defined in the legislation and include:
- “Ambulatory surgical centers” are those entities as defined by and licensed by MSDH
- “Assisted living facilities” are those entities as defined by and licensed by the MSDH
- “Alzheimer’s/dementia care units” are those entities as defined by and licensed by MSDH
- “Intermediate care facilities” for individuals with intellectual disabilities” as defined
- “Permitted ground ambulances” as defined by and licensed or permitted by MSDH
- “Nursing home facilities” as defined by and licensed by MDHS
- “The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency” (“MORA”), which is a non-profit organized under the laws of the state of Mississippi with a Business Identification Number of 590754 with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office and which is the federally designated organ procurement organization for most of the State of Mississippi
- “Independent dentists” are those individuals as defined by and licensed by MBDE who are actively providing care to patients, own a share of his or her dental practice, have key decision-making rights for his or her practice, and are not employed by a hospital or an organization associated with a hospital
- “Independent physicians” are those individuals as defined by and licensed by MBML, including allopaths, osteopaths, and podiatrists, who are actively providing care to patients, own a share of his or her medical practice, have key decision-making rights for his or her practice, and are not employed by a hospital or an organization associated with a hospital
- “Nurse practitioners” are those individuals as defined by and licensed by MBN who are not employed by a hospital and have an “independent practice,” that is one where the nurse practitioner is not employed by a Practice Group and/or is not operating within a Practice Group
- “Independent optometrists” are those individuals as defined by and licensed by MSBO and who are actively providing care to patients, own a share of his or her optometrist practice, have key decision-making rights for his or her practice, and are not employed by a hospital or an organization associated with a hospital.
by and licensed by MSDH
If an entity is not listed above, they are not eligible for this program. However, they may qualify for the Back to Business Mississippi Grant Program and are encouraged to visit www.backtobusinessms.org to learn more about that potential opportunity.
Why is there a 30-day reimbursement period?
In order to process the expected volume of grant agreements and reimbursement requests, MDA determined that accepting one reimbursement request per entity per 30-day period was appropriate.
What are the eligible expenses? When can eligible expenses be incurred?
“Eligible Expense” means a cost incurred by a recipient/applicant beginning on March 1, 2020, and ending on December 30, 2020, for the following items only:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which include the following:
- Respirators (N95 or higher)
- Face shields
- Protective eyewear without gaps between glasses and face
“COVID-19 testing” means those medical tests administered for staff and employees of the eligible recipient that are recommended by the CDC in its guidance entitled “Testing for COVID-19” (Updated June 24, 2020), which include the following:
- Viral tests that indicate an individual currently is infected with the COVID-19 virus
- Antibody tests that indicate an individual has had a past infection of COVID-19
“COVID-19 screenings” mean those tests of individuals who are attempting to enter the facilities, clinics or vehicles of eligible recipients that are designed to detect possible COVID-19 infection and protect the eligible recipient and his/her/its staff and employees from exposure to COVID-19.
What is Duplication of Benefits (“DOB”)?
DOB refers to benefits under this program reimbursed from any other source. Any submitted expense is not eligible for reimbursement if it has already been paid by another state or federal program.
If an eligible recipient has received PPP, EIDL, EIDL Emergency Advance, or Back to Business Mississippi Grant funds, are they still eligible for the program?
If a recipient has received other state or federal funds, they are still eligible for the program. However, they cannot submit expenses for reimbursement if those expenses have previously been reimbursed by another program.
How could a group practice of multiple independent dentists or independent physicians apply for the program?
When a group practice files the application, it will list up to 10 dentists or physicians as jointly filing the grant agreement. (10 is the maximum number allowed by the legislation). Subsequently, any reimbursement requests associated with the grant agreement are, in essence, filed jointly by the same 10 dentists/physicians.
In what order should documents be submitted?
The grant agreement should be submitted first. No reimbursement requests can be processed unless a grant agreement has previously been signed. Once a grant agreement has been signed, the applicant can immediately submit the initial reimbursement request along with supporting documentation of the claimed eligible expenses.
What is the reimbursement request?
Reimbursement request means the form that each eligible recipient must complete online and submit to MDA in order to be reimbursed for eligible expenses. Accompanying the reimbursement request, there ought to be documentation of the claimed expenses (e.g.: receipts, purchase orders, invoices, etc.).
How will applications be prioritized?
Grant agreements and reimbursement requests will be processed in the order by which they are received.
What will be the notification process for awardees?
Upon approval of each reimbursement request, either in whole or in part, the eligible recipient will be notified of the approve eligible expenses and receive a paper check in the approved amount.