Second distressed hospital grant application period ends November 30

October 26, 2022

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it is opening the application period for the remaining $4 million of the $8 million in hospital grants for distressed hospitals authorized by the 2022 Legislature. HCA is currently finalizing the awards for the hospitals that applied and qualified for the $4 million for the initial application period, with funds to be distributed late October.

Applications for the remaining $4 million in funds will be accepted until November 30, 2022.

To qualify, a hospital must:

  • Be located in Washington;
  • Serve individuals enrolled in state and federal medical assistance programs;
  • Continue to maintain a Medicaid population at similar utilization levels as in calendar year 2021;
  • Be necessary for an adequate provider network for the Medicaid program;
  • Demonstrate a plan for long-term financial sustainability; and
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Lack adequate cash-on-hand to remain financially solvent;
    • Have experienced financial losses during hospital fiscal year 2021; or
    • Be at risk of bankruptcy.

A completed application packet must consist of the:

  • Distressed hospital application;
  • Most recently completed hospital cost report;
  • Written plan to return to financial solvency; and
  • If you received funds in the first round, part of the plan should include how you will use those funds.

Please send completed application packets to Questions can also be directed to that same email. (Andrew Busz,


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