On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency (PHE) in the United States due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Declaring a PHE allowed the secretary to take certain actions, under § 319 of the PHE Act, in response to a PHE. The HHS provides a PHE declaration page outlining the secretary’s authority.
The COVID-19 PHE has been extended again on January 11, 2023. Each extension lasts for 90 days.
The recent passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) 2023 effectively separated the continuous Medicaid enrollment provision from the bonds of the COVID-19 PHE, establishing an end date of March 31, 2023. CAA 2023 includes a provision allowing states to begin the Medicaid redetermination and disenrollment process starting April 1, 2023. States have 12 months to initiate Medicaid renewals and 14 months to complete the processing of renewals.