CSAC Bulletin Article

Federal Public Health Emergency Extended

October 13, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra extended the federal public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic for another 90 days on October 13, placing the expiration – for now – at or around January 11, 2023, although the Secretary may terminate the declaration whenever he determines that the emergency has ceased to exist. Secretary Becerra has previously promised to provide 60 days’ notice before ending the emergency.

The federal public health emergency provides health care enrollment flexibility, allows counties to delay annual Medicaid redeterminations (although CMS has now given states 12 months to “catch up”), expands access to telehealth services which will remain in place for five months after the emergency ends, and fast-tracks federal COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and treatments.

California continues to maintain the state public health emergency concurrently with the federal declaration.

As of Tuesday, October 11, California’s daily case rate is now 7.5 per 100,000 residents, with test positivity at 4.7 percent.  (Source: Tracking COVID-19 in California – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response)

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