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CMS NEWS ALERT May 13, 2020

As part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), following is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions. To keep up with the important Task Force work being done in response to COVID-19, click here For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website.  CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information below is current as of May 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Administrator Verma Thanks Nursing Home Staff

CMS Administrator Seema Verma penned a letter to nursing home management and staff sharing her gratitude for the unwavering dedication and commitment to keeping residents safe. She also thanked them for continuing to compassionately care for those who rely on them during this unprecedented time. The letter also provides links to previously shared infection control resources.



CMS Gives States Additional Flexibility to Address Coronavirus Pandemic

CMS has approved 185 requests for state relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent approvals for Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. These approvals help to ensure that states have the tools they need to combat COVID-19. This is done through a wide variety of waivers, amendments, and Medicaid state plan flexibilities, including support for programs that care for the elderly and people with disabilities. CMS developed a toolkit to expedite the application and review of each request and has approved these requests in record time. These approved flexibilities support President Trump’s commitment to a COVID-19 response that is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.

Section 1135 Waivers

Section 1115(a) Waivers 

1915(c) Waiver Appendix K Amendments

Medicaid State Plan Amendments

CHIP State Plan Amendments



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