Public Health Emergency Extended Another 90 Days

10/15/2021 - 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 January 13, 2022 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 October 18, 2021 and runs through January 13, 2022. While there are indications from the Biden Administration that they expect the PHE to continue well into, if not through, the end of 2022, legally Secretary Becerra can only extend it for 90-days at a time. The Academy will continue to monitor the situation and update members.