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General Disaster Information:

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Appeal Administrative Relief for Areas Affected by Hurricanes Appeal Requests for Providers/Suppliers Affected by a Natural Disaster
Information Regarding Billing of Replacement Items due to Hurricanes Replacement Equipment for Beneficiaries Affected by Hurricanes
Information for beneficiaries in Competitive Bidding Areas affected by Hurricanes Educational information HurricanesExternal website
Disaster Resource Guide Jurisdiction C Disaster Resource GuidePDF Espanol
Disaster Frequently Asked Questions Disaster FAQsPDF

2020

Coronavirus – CMS Current Emergencies PageExternal Website

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergencyExternal Website (PHE) in the entire United States on January 31, 2020 giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective January 27, 2020. Information including a press release, frequently asked questions, and fact sheets are located on the CMS current emergencies pageExternal Website.

CGS and CMS COVID-19 Resources

Medicare Disaster Related Puerto Rico Earthquakes

The President declared that, as a result of the effects of earthquakes, a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. On January 8, 2020, The Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) declared that a public health emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico retroactive to December 28, 2019, and authorized waivers and modifications under §1135 of the Social Security Act. On January 8, 2020, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized waivers under §1812(f) of the Social Security Act for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico retroactive to December 28, 2019, for those people who are evacuated, transferred, or otherwise dislocated as a result of the effect of the earthquakes.

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Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the 2020 Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Earthquakes MLN Matters Article. Medicare Disaster Related Puerto Rico EarthquakesExternal PDF

2019

Hurricane Dorian:

Hurricane Dorian Medicare Disaster Related Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Puerto Rico Claims

The HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico and the States of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. MLN Matters Special Edition Articles SE19018External PDF, SE19017External PDF and SE19019External PDF on Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Puerto Rico Claims are available. Learn about blanket waivers issued by CMS. These waivers prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

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Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of North Carolina Claims MLN Matters Article Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of North Carolina ClaimsExternal PDF
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of Florida Claims MLN Matters Article Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of Florida ClaimsExternal PDF
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related States of Georgia and South Carolina Claims MLN Matters Article Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related States of Georgia and South Carolina ClaimsExternal PDF
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims MLN Matters Article Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ClaimsExternal PDF

Tropical Storm Barry:

Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims MLN Matters Article

The President declared a state of emergency for the state of Louisiana, and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency, which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued for the impacted geographical areas. These waivers will prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

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Blanket Waiver Information Tropical Storm Barry and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana ClaimsExternal PDF

2018

Hurricane Michael:

Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims MLN Matters Article

The President declared a state of emergency for the state of Florida, and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency, which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida ClaimsExternal PDF is available. Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued for the impacted geographical areas. These waivers will prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

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Emergency Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies for Medicare Beneficiaries Impacted by an Emergency or Disaster – Blanket Waiver Emergency Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies for Medicare Beneficiaries Impacted by an Emergency or Disaster – Blanket Waiver for Hurricane MichaelExternal PDF
Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida Claims MLN Matters Article – New Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia ClaimsExternal PDF

Hurricane Florence:

Hurricane Florence and Medicare Disaster Related North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Claims MLN Matters Article

The President declared a state of emergency for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency, which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Florence and Medicare Disaster Related North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia ClaimsExternal PDF is available. Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued for the impacted geographical areas. These waivers will prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

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Hurricane Florence and Medicare Disaster Related North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Claims MLN Matters Article – New Hurricane Florence and Medicare Disaster Related North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia ClaimsExternal PDF
Emergency Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies for Medicare Beneficiaries Impacted by an Emergency or Disaster – Blanket Waiver Emergency DMEPOS for Medicare Beneficiaries Impacted by an Emergency or Disaster – Blanket Waiver for Hurricane FlorenceExternal PDF

Updated: 01.17.20

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