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COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 Emergency has prompted significant legislative and regulatory actions aimed at supporting providers and other health care stakeholders. These efforts have ranged from direct financial support through vehicles such as the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to the use of waiver authority to provide much needed flexibility in certain areas. Below we have compiled a collection of the evolving federal laws, regulations and guidance most relevant to our clients. 


Legislation
Pre-existing statutes

Social Security Act Section 1135: Federal waiver authority during periods of declared public health emergencies

Guidance

For States

  • CMS Guidance on Enhanced Medicaid FMAP (federal matching rate) during an Emergency Declaration (Last updated Jan 6, 2021)
  • CMS FAQs for State Medicaid Agencies (Last updated Jan 6, 2021)
  • Blanket waivers for providers to increase capacity, expand workforce, reduce paperwork, further promote telehealth (May 24, 2021)

Provider Relief Fund

Managed Care

  • CMS Bulletin on Temporary Managed Care Directed Payment Tools for States (May 14, 2020)