The following is an excerpt from Becker's Hospital Review.
HHS is set to extend the Covid-19 public health emergency by its standing deadline of Oct. 13.
If renewed on the deadline of Oct. 13, the next deadline would be Jan. 11, 2023.
This would make for the 11th renewal of the PHE since its declaration in January 2020 by former and current HHS secretaries Alex Azar and Xavier Becerra, respectively.
The renewal would occur as HHS plans to shift costs of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to the commercial market, a process beginning this fall that is expected to take months.
Hospitals have advocated for the PHE's extension.
In July, the Federation of American Hospitals, which represents investor-owned or managed hospitals, urged HHS "in the strongest terms possible" to renew PHE through 2023.
For an overview of the flexibilities tied to the PHE and what occurs when the declaration ends, check out a comprehensive brief from Kaiser Family Foundation here.