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CMS MLN Connects Special Edition for September 3, 2020

CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for California due to Wildfires

On August 28, CMS announced efforts to support California in response to wildfires across the state. On August 26, HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) in California, retroactive to August 14. 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 waiversExternal link  will be available to health care providers to use during the duration of the COVID-19 PHE determination timeframe and for the wildfires PHE. CMS will be waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements; creating special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access health care quickly; and taking steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.

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Post Date: 9/3/20