Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
“President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after they were first declared.
The move to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations would formally restructure the federal coronavirus response to treat the virus as an endemic threat to public health that can be managed through agencies’ normal authorities.
It comes as lawmakers have already ended elements of the emergencies that kept millions of Americans insured during the pandemic. Combined with the drawdown of most federal COVID-19 relief money, it would also shift the development of vaccines and treatments away from the direct management of the federal government.
Biden’s announcement comes in a statement opposing resolutions being brought to the floor this week by House Republicans to bring the emergency to an immediate end. House Republicans are also gearing up to launch investigations on the federal government’s response to COVID-19.”
The above was reported by the Associated Press (AP) shortly before 6pm ET on Monday, January 30, 2023.
The Hill is also reporting President Biden’s statement as of 6:04pm ET:
“The Biden administration on Monday announced that the COVID-19 public health emergency, which has been in place since January 2020, is set to end on May 11.
“The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were declared by the Trump Administration in 2020. They are currently set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively. At present, the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.
The current renewal for the national PHE was declared on Jan. 11.”
As of 6:30pm ET January 30, 2023, there has not been a statement from CMS or HHS. Please review the January 11, 2023 PHE renewal. May 11th is after the expiration of the current renewal. I’m certain we’ll hear more from CMS and HHS in the coming days but for now, nothing has changed in our world.
I’ll continue to watch for further notification and will report that as soon as it’s available.
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