CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for Louisiana and Texas with Hurricane Laura
On August 26, 2020, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared public health emergencies (PHEs) in Louisiana and Texas, retroactive to August 22, 2020, for the state of Louisiana and to August 23, 2020, for the state of Texas. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided numerous waivers during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which will be available to healthcare providers to use during the duration of the COVID-19 PHE determination timeframe and for the Hurricane Laura PHE.
Additionally, CMS is taking the following administrative actions:
The CMS Dallas Survey & Enforcement Division, under the Survey Operations Group, will grant other provider-specific requests for specific types of hospitals and other facilities in Louisiana and Texas.
CMS will make available special enrollment periods for certain Medicare beneficiaries and certain individuals seeking health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange.
CMS has a:
Disaster Preparedness Toolkit for State Medicaid Agencies
Emergency preparedness resources
For additional information about this PHE visit the HHS website.