Public Health Emergency Extended Another 90 Days

07/19/2021 - As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has renewed the January 31, 2020 determination that a public health emergency has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide. This action means all HHS/CMS waivers and flexibilities currently in place will continue until October 17, 2021 unless earlier terminated by Secretary Becerra. Any waivers and flexibilities put into place by states and commercial payers that are specifically tied to these declarations will be extended as well.

The renewal determination takes effect on July 20, 2021 and runs through October 17, 2021. While Secretary Becerra has indicated he expects the PHE to continue through the end of the year, legally he can only extend it for 90-days at a time. The Academy will continue to monitor the situation and update members.