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HHS Secretary Price declares public health emergency in response to Hurricane Harvey

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HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, on August 26 declared a public health emergency in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. In addition, he has taken action that gives Medicare beneficiaries and their health care providers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, on August 26 declared a public health emergency in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. In addition, he has taken action that gives Medicare beneficiaries and their health care providers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs. "HHS is taking the necessary measures and has mobilized the resources to provide immediate assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey," said Price. "We recognize the gravity of the situation in Texas, and the declaration of a public health emergency will provide additional flexibility and authority to help those who have been impacted by the storm." Many Medicare beneficiaries have been evacuated to neighboring communities where receiving hospitals and nursing homes may have no health care records, information on current health status or even verification of the person's status as a Medicare beneficiary. Due to the emergency declaration and other actions taken by HHS, CMS is able to waive certain documentation requirements to help ensure facilities can deliver care.

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