May 11, 2023

Argentum Releases Senior Living Guidance for End of the Public Health Emergency

Today marks the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which was first activated in January 2020 and had been extended every 90 days by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The PHE provided the foundation for numerous programs and policies established in response to the pandemic, including requiring free rapid tests for private insurance and Medicare, telehealth services, and authorization of the PREP Act.

To help senior living stakeholders best understand the impact of the ending of the PHE, Argentum through its outside counsel Foley Hoag LLP, prepared a detailed summary of considerations, including implications for federal and state liability protections, temporary increases in Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) funding, and other issues. This memo has been updated from the previous version released in February, and is current as of today, May 11, 2023

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