Covid-19 Public Health Emergency extended again

July 20, 2021

The Covid-19 Public Health Emergency has been extended for an additional 90 days after HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra signed off on the extension Monday.

The emergency was last renewed in April and was set to expire since it must be renewed every 90 days. This latest renewal is effective starting Tuesday.

The decision means billing and testing waivers put in place under the CARES Act and Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. For example, payers are currently required to reimburse for Covid-19 testing service when performed for the purpose of individual diagnoses, regardless of medical necessity. There are also a host of other restrictions that bar cost-sharing for testing, vaccination and other Covid-related treatments.

The country’s public health emergency has been in place since late January 2020.

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