CSAC Bulletin Article

Biden Administration Announces End of Federal Public Health Emergency on May 11

February 2, 2023

On January 30, the Biden Administration communicated to Congress its intent to extend both the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date. This wind-down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments to provide at least 60 days’ notice prior to termination of the PHE.

The federal PHE provides health care enrollment flexibility, expands access to telehealth services, and fast-tracks federal COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and treatments. The declaration, however, does not affect the related changes to Medicaid enacted in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 as reported last month in a CSAC Weekly Bulletin. With the passage of the federal bill, the continuous coverage requirements that paused all Medi-Cal redeterminations since March 2020 would be decoupled from the PHE termination date as of April 1, 2023, setting the stage for the resumption of Medi-Cal redeterminations. Guidance documents related to the PHE unwinding from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are available here.

Among the effects of ending the federal PHE, according to the White House, would be the termination of Title 42, a public health, social welfare, and civil rights measure that gives the federal government the ability to take emergency action to keep communicable diseases out of the country, and that has limited the inflow of migrants at the border since its invocation in 2020. The Biden Administration has attempted to end Title 42, but that action to date has been held up in court.

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