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CMS Takes Steps to Assist in Hurricane Michael Emergency Response

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 8:34 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking steps to help support Florida and Georgia in response to Hurricane Michael. “CMS has taken the measures necessary to help support everyone that could be impacted. The waivers that will be in effect will give healthcare providers, facilities, and suppliers the flexibility to provide continued access to care,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said.

Here are some of the key administrative actions CMS is taking: waivers for hospitals and facilities, special enrollment opportunities for individuals impacted by the hurricane, disaster preparedness toolkit for state Medicaid Agencies, dialysis care, medical supplies and replacements, suspension of enforcement activities and ensuring access to care. Click here for the full press release.

The President declared a state of emergency for the state of Florida and Georgia, and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency, which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims is available. Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued for the impacted geographical areas. These waivers will prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

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