IRS, USDOL, and HHS Jointly Issue FAQs on Impending End of COVID-19 PHE

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United States Department of Labor (USDOL), and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly issued Frequently asked questions, Part 58 and Part 59 to clarify how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) coverage and payment requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) will change when the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends.  Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services is planning for the federal PHE for COVID-19 to end on May 11, 2023.  Once the PHE ends, the coverage and payment requirements will change.  Under the FFCRA and the CARES Act, plans and issuers are not required to provide coverage for items and services related to diagnostic testing for COVID-19 that are furnished after the end of the PHE.  If they provide such coverage, they may impose cost-sharing requirements, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements for the items and services.  Previously issued FAQs are available on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Fact Sheets & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Web page.