Current emergencies

Current emergencies

Find information and updates about current non-COVID natural disasters, man-made incidents, and public health emergencies. Or, find more information about ongoing or past emergencies.


Coronavirus Disease 2019

When President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020, CMS took action nationwide to aggressively respond to COVID-19See all that we’ve accomplished (PDF) since then in the fight against COVID-19.

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PHE) in the entire United States on January 31, 2020 giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective January 27, 2020.  The PHE was renewed on April 21, 2020July 23, 2020, and October 2, 2020, effective October 23, 2020.

 Get waiver & flexibility information

General information & updates:

  • is the source for the latest information about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and answers to common questions.
  • has the latest information about what the U.S. Government is doing in response to COVID-19.
  • has the latest public health and safety information from CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19.

Read our Coronavirus disease 2019 press releases

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For Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations

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10/21/2020 12:04 PM