07/15/2022 - 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. While legally Secretary Becerra can only extend it for 90-days at a time, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 allows most of the HHS/CMS waivers and flexibilities currently in place to continue for 151 days after the end of the PHE. 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 15, 2022 and runs through October 13, 2022 unless terminated earlier by Secretary Becerra. How long the PHE will continue is uncertain. The Academy will continue to monitor the situation and update members.