CMS Offers Broad Support for Florida due to Hurricane Dorian

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 1:58 PM

CMS announced that they have efforts underway to support Florida during Hurricane Dorian.  Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the state.  CMS will be waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements; creating special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare quickly; and taking steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Dorian and CMS is doing everything within its authority to provide assistance and relief to all who are affected,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We will partner and coordinate with state, federal, and local officials to make sure that in the midst of all of the uncertainty a natural disaster can bring, our beneficiaries will not have to worry about access to healthcare and other crucial life-saving and sustaining services they may need.”

Some of the key administrative actions that CMS is taking are: waivers and flexibilities for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, special enrollment opportunities for hurricane victims, disaster preparedness toolkit for state Medicaid agencies, dialysis care, medical equipment and supplies replacements, suspension of enforcement activities and ensuring access to care in Medicaid Advantage and Part D.

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