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HHS extends public health emergency through October 15

Patti Cullen, CAE
By Patti Cullen, CAE  |  July 22, 2022  |  All members

US Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on July 15, 2022, renewed the declaration that a public health emergency exists. This was effective July 15, 2022, and will continue for 90 days pursuant to federal law.  

Public health emergency (PHE) renewal through October 6, 2022, is welcome news. It provides for the uninterrupted continuation of several flexibilities that have protected beneficiary access to important services in as safe and effective manner as possible, most notably the waiver of the three-day prior hospitalization requirement for a Medicare skilled nursing facility stays.

The Biden administration has said it will give states 60 days’ notice before ending the emergency to allow sufficient time to prepare for changes to certain programs and regulatory authorities. HHS reaffirmed that commitment during this extension. HHS last extended the public health emergency in May. 

The emergency designation has given millions of Americans special access to Medicaid, the state and federal program that provides health coverage to low-income populations. US regulators have also used emergency powers to clear vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics for use against the coronavirus. Should the designation expire, people may no longer be able to access tools necessary to defend against COVID-19 infection and disease.  

Patti Cullen, CAE  |  President/CEO  |  |  952-851-2487


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