Late yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in place since January 2020 for an additional 90 days.
This means that the PHE will no longer expire on April 16 as originally planned, and instead will expire mid-July. If the PHE is allowed to expire in July, the six-month "unwinding" period will begin at that time. It remains to be seen whether or not the PHE will be extended again in July.
For county boards and providers, this means that all of the flexibilities afforded by Ohio's Appendix K waivers for HCBS services (and similar waivers for ICF and other Medicaid-funded services) remain in effect for an additional 90 days, as does the enhanced FMAP reimbursement formula.
OACB will share more information on this topic via our SSA Today and PolicyBrief publications as needed in response to member needs in the coming weeks.
For questions about the implications of this extension for SSAs, please contact Lisa Comes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lori Stanfa (email@example.com).
For questions about the implications of this extension on county board finances and eFMAP, please contact Rick Black (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For general information about the full impact of the PHE extension on various government agencies and services outside of the DD field, read more from the New York Times or check out this detailed analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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