HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced today that the Trump Administration will renew the Public Health Emergency declaration effective October 23, 2020. The declaration will extend the availability of waivers and funding that are available under the Public Health Emergency. The new declaration will expire in January 2021.
The background: The declaration unlocks critical powers that have helped the administration boost telehealth, enabled increased Medicaid funding and allowed cash-strapped local health departments to reassign federally funded personnel to respond to the virus. This is the third time Azar is extending the emergency declaration, which must be renewed every 90 days. The latest renewal comes without weeks of speculation over whether the administration would let the declaration lapse.
This post was published October 6, 2020.