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HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


On January 12, 2022, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the COVID-19 public health emergency, continuing the declaration for another 90 days. This was the eighth extension since the public health emergency was first ordered back in January 2020.

The extension enables certain financial aid programs and public health flexibilities, including expansions of telehealth capabilities, to continue for at least three months. It also allows states and counties to waive certain requirements if they have issued their own emergencies.

Additionally, the declaration determines the period during which group health plans and insurers must pay for COVID-19 tests and related services, and cover vaccines as a preventive benefit (even if provided out-of-network).

Renewal of Determination That a Public Health Emergency Exists (hhs.gov) »