Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Don Wright, M.D., yesterday declared public health emergencies in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to Hurricane Nate and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The flexibilities are effective Oct. 5 for Louisiana; Oct. 6 for Alabama and Mississippi; and Oct. 7 for Florida. HHS also located two 250-bed federal medical stations in Louisiana to support impacted communities along the Gulf Coast, and said its Disaster Medical Assistance teams are on alert to assist if needed.