Understanding the End of the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

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from the blog of Howard Gleckman, Immediate Past President of JCA

President Biden’s announcement that the Covid-19 public health emergency (PHE) will end on May 11 will have a significant impact on older adults. Some changes will be immediate, and others won’t occur for nearly two years. Some may improve care for older adults, and others could cost seniors more money and end some important benefits they received during the pandemic.

Biden’s decision buys a few more months under the emergency. Hill Republicans had been pressuring the Administration to end the PHE even sooner.

The most immediate loss will be the return of the so-called three-day rule. The most far-reaching could be sharp reductions in Medicare payments for telehealth services and loss of Medicaid benefits for many.

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