HHS Extends Public Health Emergency Designation for COVID-19 Pandemic into 2023
On January 11, 2023, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra extended the designation of the COVID-19 pandemic as a public health emergency. This designation will remain in place for at least 90 days. As a reminder, the Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic on January 31, 2020. The current Secretary has decided that the emergency designation needs to be extended.
This continued designation means that many healthcare-related pandemic measures will continue for the foreseeable future. Importantly, this includes the relaxed due dates on many employment-related healthcare items, such as COBRA elections. Barring emergency circumstances, this declaration is valid until at least April 11, 2023.
You can read the entire HHS Declaration HERE.