On July 23, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Alex Azar, declared the Public Health Emergency, scheduled to end on July 25, 2020, will once again be extended for an additional 90 days and as a result, numerous temporary benefit plan changes remain in effect.
HHS Secretary Azar issued a Public
Health Emergency, beginning January 27, 2020. This Emergency Period is now set to expire October 23, 2020 (unless further extended or shortened by HHS). The Outbreak Period runs from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the announced end of the National Emergency which should likely mean no earlier than December 22, 2020. While there are other temporary benefit plan provisions and changes that are now allowed due to the public health emergency, summarized below are only those provisions directly impacted by the public health emergency extension.