June 30, 2020

Florida Hospital Association Statement on Extension of HHS Public Health Emergency

Statement Below on Behalf of FHA Interim President Crystal Stickle 

"On behalf of the more than 200 hospital and health system members of the Florida Hospital Association, including the nurses, physicians and other health care professionals who are caring for our patients, we applaud the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' announcement on extending the national public health emergency (PHE) declaration when it expires on July 25.

The 90-day extension comes at a critical time when the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida increases. The PHE includes several policies that are essential for hospitals to continue serving their communities to the fullest extent possible. The enhanced Medicare reimbursement for care of older COVID-19 patients is particularly needed as Florida has one of the largest populations of Medicare beneficiaries in the country. To effectively identify and reduce community spread of the virus, access to testing is also vital. 

The extension of the PHE will ensure that insurers' cost-sharing requirements for testing are not a barrier to access. In addition, continuing to support telehealth as an alternative to in-person medical visits has helped ensure Floridians of all ages have access to needed preventive, primary, behavioral health, chronic and specialty care services in a timely manner." 

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About the Florida Hospital Association

The Florida Hospital Association comprises over 200 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. For more information, visit www.fha.org.