To help meet the needs of the nation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration, effective July 15. The first U.S. public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 was signed in January 2020 as the global pandemic response began and has been renewed every 90 days in adherence to the law.
Renewing the public health emergency declaration ensures health care providers and state and territorial health departments have continued flexibility to respond to the pandemic, helping save lives. These flexibilities support efforts such as rapid patient care during emergencies, including waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for certain requirements under section 1135 of the Social Security Act. Examples of such requirements include preapproval requirements and temporary reassignment of state, territorial, tribal or local staff who typically are funded by federal grants in order to respond to the emergency.
HHS will provide states and territories with no less than 60 days’ notice prior to the termination of the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19.
Visit ASPR’s website to read the latest information about the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration renewal, and to learn more about public health emergency declarations.