Current emergencies

Current emergencies

Litigation Update for CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule:

On November 29, 2021, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a preliminary injunction against the implementation and enforcement in ten states of Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination, 86 Fed. Reg. 61,555, 61,556 (Nov. 5, 2021).  On November 30, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the implementation and enforcement of the same rule, with the exception of the ten states covered under the first preliminary injunction.  CMS has appealed both of these decisions, and has filed motions for stays of these order.  While CMS remains confident in its authority to protect the health and safety of patients in facilities funded by the Medicare and Medicaid programs, it has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of this rule pending future developments in the litigation.  Please note that the comment period is separate from the litigation.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019

When a national emergency was declared on March 13, 2020, we took action nationwide to aggressively respond to COVID-19

The Public Health Service Act was used 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, 2020October 2, 2020January 7, 2021,  April 15, 2021July 19, 2021, and October 15, 2021 effective October 18, 2021.

Read our Pandemic Plan (PDF).

Get waiver & flexibility information, apply for an 1135 waiver, or find COVID-19 vaccine policies & guidance

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  • 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.

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