With these PHEs in effect, CMS is also notifying
"CMS is acting to help the people of
Below are key measures and resources for those affected and actions CMS is taking in response to the Hurricane Ida PHEs declared in
Current COVID-19 Waivers: CMS has compiled a list of current waivers already available for health care providers to use during the COVID-19 PHE. These waivers remain available to providers in the states of
Disaster Toolkit and Support for State Medicaid and
Dialysis Care: CMS is helping people obtain and maintain access to critical life-saving services by activating the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) program and working with the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks located in
Medical Equipment and Supplies Replacements: CMS will temporarily waive certain requirements to enable people with Medicare who have lost or realized damage to their durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies as a result of the hurricane to receive replacements of such items and services. This will help to ensure beneficiaries can continue to access the needed medical equipment and supplies they rely on each day. Medicare beneficiaries can contact 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for assistance.
Ensuring Access to Care in Medicare Advantage and Part D: During a PHE, Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D Plan sponsors must take steps to maintain access to covered benefits for beneficiaries in affected areas. These steps include allowing Part A/B and supplemental Part C plan benefits to be furnished at non-contracted facilities and waiving, in full, requirements for gatekeeper referrals where applicable.
Emergency Preparedness Requirements and Provider Expectations: CMS has provided specific Emergency Preparedness information to Medicare providers and suppliers through meetings, dialogue, and presentations, since
CMS has a variety of resources available to providers and suppliers available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/Emergency-Prep-Rule.
CMS will continue to work with all geographic areas impacted by Hurricane Ida. We encourage beneficiaries and providers of healthcare services that have been impacted to seek help by visiting CMS's emergency webpage (www.cms.gov/emergency).
To find additional hurricane preparedness and response resources for the health sector and the latest regarding HHS activities for Hurricane Ida, please visit: https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/2021-hurricane/Pages/default.aspx.