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CMS Declares Alaska Public Health Emergency

In response to the 7.0 earthquake that occurred in southcentral Alaska on December 3, 2018, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in Alaska following the President’s emergency declaration on November 30, 2018. This declaration allowed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant an 1135 Waiver to aid healthcare facilities in providing uninterrupted care and long-term care facilities in providing care to Alaskans who are elderly or disabled.
The following documents provide additional information about the emergency declaration and the 1135 Waiver: