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CMS Disaster Declarations and Emergency Response Information

Detailed information regarding Hurricanes is located on the CMS Hurricane pageExternal Website.

Detailed information regarding Wildfires is located on the CMS Wildfires pageExternal Website.

Hurricane Nate:

The President declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida (The Public Health Declaration and the Social Security Act waiver for Louisiana October 5, 2017; Mississippi and Alabama October 6, 2017; and Florida October 7, 2017,) and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.

Hurricane Maria:

The President declared a state of emergency for United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (The Public Health Declaration and the Social Security Act waiver for Puerto Rico September 17, 2017 and the U.S. Virgin Islands are effective as of September 16, 2017) and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.

Hurricane Irma:

The President declared a state of emergency for the United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (September 6, 2017) - The Public Health Declaration and the Social Security Act waiver for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are effective as of noon on September 8, 2017), and the State of Florida (September 6, 2017) The Public Health Declaration and the Social Security Act waiver for Florida are effective as of 4:00 on September 9, 2017.) which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.

The President also declared a state of emergency for the states of Georgia and South Carolina (September 8, 2017) and authorized waivers and modifications under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act), retroactive to September 6, 2017, for the State of South Carolina and retroactive to September 7, 2017, for the State of Georgia) and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.

Hurricane Harvey:

The President declared a state of emergency for Texas (August 26, 2017) and Louisiana (August 28, 2017) and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.

Additional information may be found on the CMS Emergency Response and Recovery websiteExternal Website.

Instruction Resource
Appeal Administrative Relief for Areas Affected by Hurricanes Appeal Requests for Providers/Suppliers Affected by a Natural Disaster
Disaster Declarations – Spanish LanguageEspanol Disaster Declarations – Spanish LanguageEspanolPDF
Information Regarding Billing of Replacement Items due to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate Replacement Equipment for Beneficiaries Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate
Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims SE17020External PDF
Tropical Storm Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims SE17021External PDF
Hurricane Irma and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and State of Florida Claims SE17022External PDF
Hurricane Irma and Medicare Disaster Related South Carolina and Georgia Claims SE17024External PDF
Hurricane Maria and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims SE17028External PDF
Hurricane Nate and Medicare Disaster Related  Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi Claims SE17034External PDF
Information for beneficiaries in Competitive Bidding Areas affected by Hurricanes Educational information Hurricanes External Website
Emergency Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies for Medicare Beneficiaries Impacted by an Emergency or Disaster – Blanket Waiver Emergency DMEPOS for Medicare Beneficiaries Impacted by an Emergency or Disaster – Blanket Waiver for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate

Updated: 10.30.17

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