The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra signed a renewal of determination that extended the current COVID-19 public health emergency by 90 days, effective July 20, 2021. The original determination made in January 2020 had been extended in April, July and October 2020 and again in January and April 2021. An HHS letter to state governors has indicated that the public health emergency likely will remain in place for the entirety of 2021.
The additional 90 days will come as a relief to many health care professionals and patients, as this extension will allow for continued implementation of policies outlined in existing waivers that have been implemented because of the pandemic, including waivers pertaining to telemedicine. Visit the COVID-19 resources page for additional information related to the pandemic.
Updated July 22, 2021