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Biden Administration Plans to End COVID Public Health Emergency on May 11

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The Biden administration intends to end the Covid public health emergency this spring as the United States moves away from treating the pandemic as a national emergency and instead controls the virus as a seasonal respiratory illness.  

As per CNBC, in a statement released on Monday, the White House announced that the public health and national emergencies proclaimed by the Trump administration in 2020 would end on May 11.  

The statement released by the Office of Management and Budget emphasized the White House’s vehement opposition to legislation aimed at ending emergency designations immediately. The public health and national catastrophes have made hospitals more adaptable in the face of patient volume spikes during Covid surges.  

Congress, claiming the public health emergency, has effectively prohibited states from dismissing individuals from the Medicaid program, resulting in an increase in Medicaid enrollment.  

A clause buried into federal spending legislation signed in December authorizes states to begin Medicaid withdrawals in April. So that the health-care system may prepare for a return to normalcy, the Health and Human Services Department has committed to provide 60 days’ notice before ending the emergency.  

Since January 2020, the public health emergency has been prolonged every 90 days as the virus has developed new varieties and thrown numerous curveballs over the past three years. Earlier last month, HHS extended the emergency declaration.  

According to the Office of Management and Budget, immediately eliminating emergencies as outlined in the Republican measure would “cause widespread turmoil and confusion throughout the health care system.”  

According to an OMB statement, terminating the disclosures without giving hospitals time to respond would result in “disruptions in service and payment delays, and many facilities across the country may incur income losses.” OMB stated that it would also “sow confusion and turmoil” in the process of phasing out Medicaid coverage protections. 

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While the emergency declarations remain in effect, the official response to the epidemic has already been scaled considerably due to a lack of funding. Congress has failed for months to approve a White House request for additional funding of $22.5 billion for the Covid response.  

In the near future, the White House also intends to shift the Covid vaccinations to the commercial sector, although the precise timetable is unknown. This means that individuals’ insurance coverage would fund the expense of immunizations rather than the federal government.  

Both Moderna and Pfizer have stated that they may charge up to $130 per dosage of vaccination, which is four times what the government pays.  

Since 2020, Covid has killed over one million individuals in the United States. Since the peak of the pandemic in the winter of 2021, there has been a significant decline in the number of deaths, but over 4,000 people still succumb to the virus each week. 

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