Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
March 13, 2020
These waivers and modifications will become effective at 6:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on March 15, 2020, but will have retroactive effect to March 1, 2020, nationwide, and continue through the period described in Section 1135(e). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the waivers described in paragraph 2 above are in effect for a period of time not to exceed 72 hours from implementation of a hospital disaster protocol but not beyond the period described in Section 1135(e). The waivers described in paragraphs 1(c) and 2 above are not effective with respect to any action taken thereunder that discriminates among individuals on the basis of their source of payment or their ability to pay.
The waivers and modifications described herein apply in the geographic area covered by the President’s proclamation, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, on March 13, 2020, that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; and my January 31, 2020, determination, pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, that a public health emergency as a result confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.
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