CMS MLN Connects Special Edition for September 17, 2020

CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for Oregon due to Wildfires

On September 17, CMS announced efforts underway to support Oregon in response to wildfires across the state. On September 16, HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) in Oregon, retroactive to September 8. CMS is working to ensure hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of the wildfires. CMS provided numerous waivers to health care providers during the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to meet the needs of beneficiaries and providers. These waivers ​​​​​​​External Link will continue be available to health care providers to use for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE and for the wildfires PHEs. CMS will be waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements; creating special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access health care quickly; and taking steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.

For More Information, visit External Link. See the full text of this excerpted CMS Press Release External Link (issued September 17).

Post Date: 09/18/2020