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COVID-19 National Emergency Ends

COVID-19 National Emergency Ends

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President Biden signed a resolution which ended the COVID-19 national emergency as of April 10, 2023. Both the national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were supposed to end May 11, 2023. The PHE will still end in May.

When the PHE ends, health plans will no longer be required to cover COVID-19 diagnostic tests and related services without cost sharing.


Impacted Deadlines

Some deadlines had been extended by disregarding an “outbreak period” from March 1 2020, until 60 days after the end of the national emergency. The outbreak period will now end on June 9, 2023. After this date, health plans can return to their nonextended deadlines.

Key deadlines extended during the outbreak period include time frames for HIPAA, COBRA, claims procedures, and external review process.



Prior guidance was issued on March 29, 2023, addressing how certain health plan requirements will change when the emergency period ends.

If changes are made to a plan or coverage after the end of the PHE or national emergency, plan sponsors or employers must clearly communicate these changes, including any limitations of benefits to participants and beneficiaries before they take effect. Download the bulletin for more details.


Additional Resource

Department of Labor’s Response to COVID-19

NIS’s COVID-19 Resources


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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”