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Last Modified: 12/14/2017 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Hurricane Irma and Medicare disaster-related claims information for JN providers

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On September 5, 2017, pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, President Trump declared that, as a result of the effects of Hurricane Irma, an emergency exists in the U. S. Virgin Islands, commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and state of Florida, retroactive to September 5, 2017, for the U.S. Virgin Islands and commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and retroactive to September 4, 2017, for the state of Florida.
On September 7, 2017, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized waivers under Section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act for the U.S. Virgin Islands, commonwealth of Puerto Rico and state of Florida, for those people who are evacuated, transferred, or otherwise dislocated as a result of the effect of Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Under Section 1135 or 1812(f) of the Social Security Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several blanket waivers in the impacted counties and geographical areas of the U. S. Virgin Islands, commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and state of Florida. These waivers will prevent gaps in coverage for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.
Note: The Public Health Emergency declaration and Section 1135 waiver authority expired December 2 for Florida and December 3 for the United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Additional information is available in the special edition MLN MattersŪ article SE17022 external pdf file.
Source: SE17022
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