Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

November 17, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency through at least April 11, 2023, Biden administration officials have confirmed. This is the twelfth extension of the PHE since January 2020. HHS last renewed the PHE on October 13, 2022 for an additional 90 days, until January 11, 2023. HHS also has stated that it would provide 60 days’ notice before if it did decide to end the PHE (and that notice would have to have been given on November 11, 2022.) The PHE allows the country to continue operating under pandemic-era policies, resulting in a transformation of telehealth and who can use it, expedited approvals of COVID-19 vaccines and therapies, and extended healthcare coverage for millions of Medicaid beneficiaries nationwide. Eleven states still have their own public health emergency orders in place. Medicare’s telehealth flexibilities will end 151 days after the PHE expires, unless The Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act is passed by Congress (it has already passed the House.)