News Release: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Declares Public Health Emergency for New York   [open pdf - 40KB]

"Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today declared a public health emergency for New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on the East Coast Monday evening. The action will enable the Secretary to ensure that beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), continue to receive services as the New York communities respond and recover from this emergency. The public health emergency is declared under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act and is necessary so that HHS may waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP requirements under section 1135 of the Social Security Act in an area where there has been a declaration of an emergency or disaster under the Stafford Act. The state can submit waiver requests through Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office. Under section 1135, HHS may permit affected health care facilities in New York to adjust certain operating procedures temporarily and continue to be reimbursed under Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP. For example, a health care facility can quickly establish an emergency temporary location to provide health care services and be assured that it will be reimbursed for providing those services. HHS agencies are working with state agencies and regional networks to respond to public health, medical and human services needs of impacted communities. More than 500 HHS personnel are deployed to provide assistance in response to state requests."

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