In the wake of President Trump’s March 13, 2020, declaration that the COVID-19 outbreak is a national emergency, the federal Department of Health and Human Services invoked its authority under section 1135 of the Social Security Act to waive certain requirements that providers normally must meet to receive reimbursement for services to Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Hospital Insurance Program beneficiaries.

Section 1135 waivers are designed to allow providers to receive reimbursement under the major federal healthcare programs when in good faith they must rely on the privileges and relaxed requirements the waivers afford in addressing the declared emergency.  Read More