Public Health Emergency Has Been Extended

The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) was extended this week for another 90 days, maintaining the associated flexibilities that come with it. Administration officials declined to comment on whether this would be the final extension. Although previously tied to the PHE, Medicare telehealth was extended under the Federal Omnibus FY 2023 Package, including audio-only for Medicare beneficiaries, until Dec. 31, 2024. Also disconnected from the PHE by the omnibus budget bill was the requirement for the maintenance of Medicaid coverage. Medicaid eligibility determinations will begin on April 1, 2023, whether or not the PHE is again extended.