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Hospital Safety Net Grant Program

Grants to Minnesota Hospitals to Defray Underpayments
by Emergency Medical Assistance Enrollees

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

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Grants to Minnesota hospitals to defray the cost of underpayments for high-cost services provided to Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees. Applicants must submit an initial application prior to the full application. Applicants may apply for funds for claims made in excess of $50,000 during the previous year.

Grant funds may be used for costs to offset the cost of treating EMA enrollees, including hospital:
1. Salaries
2. Fringe Benefits
3. Contracted Services
4. Travel
5. Training
6. Supplies
7. Equipment
8. Capital Improvements
9. Other

A Qualifying EMA Claim must be for charges in excess of $50,000 for services delivered to an EMA enrollee, and must have been submitted to the Department of Human Services for payment between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Multiple Qualifying EMA Claims for the same enrollee may be submitted. Qualifying EMA Claims may include inpatient hospital services, outpatient services, and hospital emergency department services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180870

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Term of Contract:

Grant contracts will be for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are licensed hospitals in Minnesota who serve Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Fundraising
- Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
- Lobbyists, political contributions
- Late payment fee, finance charges, or contingency funds
- Depreciation expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Project Dates:
- RFP published: March 11, 2019
- Grant Application for STEP 1 due to MDH: April 19, 2019
- Grant distribution announcement: April 26, 2019
- Grant Budget for STEP 2 due to MDH: May 17, 2019
- Estimated Grant Agreement start date: June 3, 2019

All applications for Step 1 of the application process must be received by MDH no later than 12:00 PM Central Time, on April 19, 2019. If applications are mailed, they must be received by MDH by the deadline.

Each eligible hospital that submits a complete application with at least one “Qualifying EMA Claim” will receive a percentage of the available funding, calculated as a simple ratio of the dollar amount of Qualifying EMA Claims, compared to the total dollar amount of all Qualifying EMA Claims submitted by all eligible applicants.

For eligible programs, the estimated date of the first available semi-annual payment is December 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Randi Callahan

Mail STEP 1 applications to:

Randi Callahan, Grant Manager
Minnesota Department of Health, ORHPC
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

If sending application via courier or next day delivery services, send to:

Randi Callahan, Grant Manager
Minnesota Department of Health, ORHPC
85 East 7th Place, Suite 220
St. Paul, MN 55101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota