Health Care Alert: HHS Quietly Renews Public Health Emergency Declaration

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Effective October 23, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary has again renewed its declaration that a Public Health Emergency (PHE) exists in connection with COVID-19.  The PHE declaration, previously renewed on July 23 and set to expire later this month, is now expected to continue in effect through January 21, 2021, unless HHS determines sooner that the conditions giving rise to the PHE declaration are no longer present.

Because many key legal flexibilities granted during the COVID-19 pandemic are available only so long as the PHE declaration is in effect, this renewal is significant for companies across the health care industry.  In particular, the renewal of the PHE declaration has effectively extended:

If you have questions about the PHE renewal or its implications for your organization, please contact Jolie Havens, Matt Albers, Mairi Mull, or your regular Vorys attorney.



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