U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida

U.S. health officials Monday declared public health emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi, seeking to suspend government red tape that may get in the way of providing help to people affected by Hurricane Ida.

Aug 30, 2021: Hurricane Ida left entire communities without power and no cell signal to call for help. Officials are in an urgent race to find families still trapped in their homes. 

The emergency declaration by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra puts a pause on certain payment rules and other requirements that could become an unwelcome distraction for hospitals and doctors trying to provide services under stressful conditions.

One example is a requirement that health care professionals be licensed in the state they provide care.

HHS has also staged an incident management team in Dallas to provide coordination of federal health and medical support after Ida passes through the region. Another team is providing support for people needing kidney dialysis.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/us-declares-a-public-health-emergency-post-ida

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