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.
Heather Reynolds, ESQ
CCO - Administrative Officer