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CMS Declares a Public Health Emergency Statement

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declares a Public Health Emergency Statement on Hurricane Harvey "In response to this emergency, and in conjunction with Secretary Price's Declaration of a Public Health Emergency, CMS activated teams on the ground in Texas and Louisiana to work with state and local officials. CMS team are there to ensure beneficiaries, many of whom are some of the most vulnerable citizens, have access to the medical treatments they need.

"We will continue to work with those in affected regions to ensure that states, providers and facilities have all of the resources they need to ensure access to care." CMS Administrator Seema Verma 

CHAP is closely following CMS for additional information on how the state of emergency may affect CHAP accredited agencies in the affected region. For disaster-impacted areas click here 

States or individual healthcare providers can apply for assistance or a waiver Once an 1135 Waiver is authorized, health care providers can submit requests to operate under that authority or for other relief that may be possible outside the authority to either the State Survey Agency or CMS Regional Office. Requests can be made by sending an email to the CMS Regional Office in their service area, or by calling the State or CMS Regional Office.




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