U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Numerous resources are available online at www.hhs.gov: guidance for public health, human services and healthcare programs during this climate. Selected individual memorandums are linked below.
- Required documents extension announced for HHS Provider Relief Fund Payments (May 8, 2020).
- The Office of Inspector General, HHS updated the COVID-19 FAQs for Administrative Enforcement authorities (May 8, 2020).
- HHS on May 1, 2020 distributed additional Provider Relief Fund Payments and provided an update on state allocations.
- HHS released Interim Final Rule to Provide Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to COVID-19. It is not yet published in the Federal Register. The interim final rule detailed flexibilities to entities that provide services to Medicare, Medicaid, Basic Health Programs, and Exchange beneficiaries.
- Health and Human Services (HHS) announces additional allocations of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. On April 24, 2020, a portion of providers were sent an advance payment based on the revenue data they submitted in CMS cost reports. HHS also included allocations for rural providers. Please visit the HHS website for more information.
- HHS compiled a virtual toolkit for decision makers in the healthcare workforce addressing concerns and challenges related to COVID-19.
- HHS awards $5 million to support Poison Control Centers nationwide as they experience an increase in calls due to COVID-19. (April 23, 2020).
- HHS renews COVID-19 determination as a public health emergency (April 21, 2020).
- HHS issued notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency (April 21, 2020).
- HHS amends the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to extend liability immunity for activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19.
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
- ACF released the following resources on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act funding:
- ACF’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program released information on allowable uses and reporting requirements.
- ACF’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) released guidance and allocations (May 8, 2020).
- ACF’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) released guidance and projected allocations (May 8, 2020).
- The Office of Child Support posted COVID-19 FAQs (May 8, 2020).
- ACF issued memorandum providing guidance on Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) discretionary funds (April 29, 2020).
- ACF posts program guidance for HEAD Start support for Emergency Child Care (April 24, 2020) - addressing facilities, equipment, staffing,and cost allocation.
- ACF issues a policy letter providing details on waivers and assistance available to eligible refugee populations (April 24, 2020).
- ACF published a letter providing program guidance about seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) for child welfare workers as Level 1 emergency responders (April 23, 2020).
- ACF posted a tip sheet for states utilizing the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) amendments and waiver flexibilities in efforts to meet child care needs in response to COVID-19. In addition to releasing a summary of child care waiver approvals as of April 21, 2020.
- ACF published Head Start Enrollment Q&A on April 21, 2020. The information includes general guidance on enrollment questions related to COVID-19 program closures, as well as grantee flexibilities.
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released guidance on the use of Federal funds for cell phones and personal protective equipment (April 17, 2020).
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued State-level Information for Essential Workers Seeking Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 17, 2020).
- ACF issued a letter urging state courts to utilize Court Improvement Programs for dependency courts in response to COVID-19 (April 16, 2020).
- ACF issued a letter with recommendations and best practices for conducting remote/virtual hearings in child welfare cases (April 16, 2020).
- ACF issued guidance on the flexibility of fingerprint and caseworker visit requirements during COVID-19 pandemic (April 16, 2020).
- ACF issued program instructions providing information on supplemental funding available for Head Start programs in response to COVID-19 on (April 14, 2020). Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, ACF will approve all waivers of non-federal matches.
- ACF released guidance on economic impact payments under the CARES Act and child support (April 13,2020).
- ACF postpones IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews and National Youth in Transition Database Reviews (April 13,2020).
- ACF issued grant-related guidance in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19 on March 30, 2020; additional information is available at www.acf.hhs.gov.
- On April 13, 2020 the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued immediate guidance for the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG).
- ACF’s Office of Child Care posted a presentation from April 9, 2020 on Child Care and Development Fund and Response to COVID-19. The document provides links to various resources, waivers, guidance, and FAQS.
- On April 6, 2020, ACF issued a memo to increase FMAP rate by 6.2 percentage points during the current emergency period that is applicable to all states, tribes, and territories (excluding Washington D.C.).
- On April 01, 2020, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families issued Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Initial COVID-19 Program Guidance.
- ACF releases allocations for Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG)
- ACF updates the Child Care and Development Fund FAQs in response to COVID-19, which was previously published on March 13,2020.
- Child Welfare guidance for caseworker visits via videoconferences, program improvements, Title IV-E eligibility reviews, child abuse and neglect investigations, and other flexibilities. More details here.
- TANF published guidance, Q&A and administrative flexibility information regarding how states may use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to assist families affected by COVID-19.
- ACF releases and/or updates the following COVID-19 FAQs:
Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Visit www.CMS.gov for more information, or view updates on current and ongoing public health emergencies.
- CMS published the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Waivers for Health Care Providers (May 12, 2020).
- CMS issued guidance on Interim Final Rule updating requirements for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases among residents and staff in nursing homes (May 8, 2020).
- CMS announced that an independent commission has been created to assess the safety and response to COVID-19 in nursing homes (April 30, 2020).
- CMS released guidance on the $100 million in CARES Act supplemental funds to support state survey agencies during COVID-19 (April 30, 2020).
- CMS released guidance on flexibilities in Medicaid and in the Basic Health Program (BHP) in response to COVID-19 (April 29, 2020).
- CMS updated information released on the Quality Payment Program in response to COVID-19 (April 29, 2020)
- CMS published a factsheet on expansion of accelerated and advance payments for providers and suppliers in response to COVID emergencies. Eligibility and process guidance are addressed in the factsheet (April 28, 2020).
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS on April 24, 2020 issued a notice listing CMS manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and other Federal Register notices that were published from January through March 2020, relating to the Medicare and Medicaid programs and other programs administered by CMS.
- Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided guidance allowing Independent Freestanding Emergency Departments to provide care to beneficiaries during the COVID-19 Emergency. Memo also addresses guidance on prior authorization and other items on CARES Act implementation (April 21, 2020).
- CMS updated guidance to Medicare Advantage Organizations on their response to COVID-19 and CARES Act implementation. (April 21,2020)
- CMS releases additional information on allocations for the Provider Relief Funds.
- CMS releases State Medicaid and CHIP telehealth toolkit to assist states and increase the utilization of telehealth.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new requirements for nursing homes, as part of COVID-19 transparency efforts (April 19, 2020).
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published recommendations to re-opening facilities in areas with low incidence of COVID-19 (April 19, 2020).
- CMS releases waivers for healthcare providers to help contain the spread of the COVID-19.
- CMS rulings to increase payments for high production technologies related to COVID-19 laboratory tests was published on April 14, 2020.
- CMS provides further guidance on the emergency period, new optional medicaid eligibility group, benefits and cost sharing for COVID-19 related testing and diagnostic services, implications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Implications for the Basic Health Program, and other related topics.
- On April 13, 2020 the CMS provided an updated memorandum to long-term care facilities informing them on transferring and discharging residents between facilities based on COVID-19 status.
- On April 09, 2020 the Trump Administration directed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend several rules at healthcare facilities in efforts to maximize the frontline workforce in response to COVID-19.
- CMS published guidance on New Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration. The new demonstrations provide states flexibility when enrolling and serving beneficiaries, as well as ensuring the elderly or those with disabilities can be served in their homes.
- CMS provides checklists and tools for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) The information is considered making it easier for states to receive federal waivers and implement flexibilities.
- CMS published the recording from March 17 Medicaid & CHIP All-State Call
- CMS Memorandum update from March 23, 2020 for Nursing Home guidance. CMS provided details to State Survey Agency Directors on a new inspection process that focuses only on complaint inspections, targeted control inspections, and self-assessments.
- CMS announced flexibility for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs. By providing accommodations for deadlines and exceptions for Medicare Quality Reporting Programs.
- CMS releases and/or updates the following COVID-19 FAQs:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a public page for latest COVID-19 resources and information; please visit the FDA webpage.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- HRSA Ryan White & Global HIV/AIDS Programs posted the CARES Act waiver requirements details (May 12, 2020).
- HRSA Health Center Program launched its COVID-19 information page. The page features Health Center program resources, funding opportunities, guidance, and FAQs (May 12, 2020).
- On May 1, 2020, HRSA updated Health Center Survey Data for COVID-19. The data included state-specific information on patient testing and operations/staff, including summary for Arizona.
- HRSA awarded $20 million to increase access to telehealth to individuals and infrastructure support telehealth providers (April 30,2020).
- HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal is now open with program basic guidance published about the program, timeline, coverage, and submittal information (April 28,2020).
- HRSA provided a recording of the April 15 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Grantee Call.
- HRSA awards $90 million in CARES Act funding to Ryan White HIV/AIDS program recipients.
- The HRSA’s National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) will be waiving user fees in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.
- HRSA published Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers, an online COVID-19 clearinghouse for health centers.
- Funds provided in the first coronavirus supplemental bill; full details regarding HRSA awards of $100 Million to the Health Center for COVID-19 response.
- Continuous updates from HRSA regarding COVID-19 for Health Centers can be found here.
- HRSA releases and/or updates the following COVID-19 FAQs:
- Continuous updates from HRSA regarding COVID-19 for Health Centers can be found here.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)