Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida as Hurricane Michael approaches, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to give health care providers and suppliers greater flexibility to meet emergency health needs. Additional blanket waivers will be issued today. HHS also has positioned about 125 personnel from the National Disaster Medical System, an incident management team and medical equipment to respond quickly to community medical needs, with another 100 or so ready to assist after the storm if needed. The powerful category 4 hurricane made landfall this afternoon at Mexico Beach along the Florida panhandle and is expected to move northeast across the southeastern United States tonight and Thursday. For additional hurricane preparedness resources, visit www.phe.gov/emergency/events/2018-Severe-Storms

Related News Articles

Letter
Public
AHA encourages Congressional leaders to pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness…
Factsheet
Americans rely heavily on hospitals to provide 24/7 access to care for all types of patients, to serve as a safety net provider for vulnerable populations and…
Toolkits/Methodology
Member
This checklist may help hospital facility professionals prepare for survey evaluations regarding emergency preparedness requirements from the Centers for…
Bibliography/Link Page
SAMHSA's Online DTAC Training Courses
Letter
Public
AHA letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health’s discussion draft, titled the “Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of…
Letter
AHA comments on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s discussion draft, titled the “Pandemic and All-Hazards Prepared