May 11, 2023
After more than 1,130 days and 104 million cases, the nation’s COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends today.
Today’s expiration has been circled on the calendar for many health care organizations. Leading up to today, lawmakers, agency officials, and state and federal stakeholders have discussed which pandemic-era regulatory interventions should stay in place and which should return to “normal.”
Public health leaders have cautioned that the end of the PHE does not mean that the virus is no longer a threat, but it does mark a transition in our response. It also comes less than a week after the World Health Organization declared the end of the COVID-19 global health emergency.
“Still, we know so many people continue to be affected by COVID-19, particularly seniors, people who are immunocompromised, and people with disabilities,” the White House said in a statement this week. “That is why our response to the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remains a public health priority.”
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 public health developments and provide updates to members. A federal fact sheet on the end of the PHE is available online. CMS also recently released a fact sheet on the PHE transition and frequently asked questions about CMS Waivers and Flexibilities.
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