The CMS has issued a third multi-year National Background Check Program for Patient Protection solicitation for Federal matching grants to all States and the U.S. Territories that did not submit proposals during the first two solicitations. States that applied during the first two solicitations but did not receive the full award amount may apply for the remaining amount allowed under the provisions of the law at section 6201 of the Affordable Care Act. The Federal matching funds and State funds will be used by States to perform criminal background checks for direct patient access employees of long term care facilities and providers. CMS has received applications from 19 States that were able to meet the frame for submitting a proposal under the first two proposals.