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September 1, 2021

CMS Support for the Public Health Emergency caused by Hurricane Ida

On September 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced specific flexibilities for Louisiana and Mississippi to support individuals in the wake of hurricane Ida.

These flexibilities include resources and waivers to ensure hospitals and clinics remain open to provide access to care for individuals affected by hurricane Ida. These flexibilities and resources also included Tribal communities and Tribal hospitals located in Louisiana and Mississippi. A current list of CMS waivers for Louisiana and Mississippi that have been in effect since the beginning of the public health emergency can be found here. CMS has also added a new 1135 Emergency Waiver along with a Public Health Emergency related inquiries webtool which can be found here.

In addition, CMS also released a link to their disaster toolkit for states that identifies a variety of flexibilities and authorities available to states who have experienced a disaster in relation to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operations. For Tribal hospitals or Tribal clinics that are in need of medical equipment or supplies replacements please call 1-800-633-4227.


For individuals who need assistance with dialysis care, please click here or reach out to this number in Mississippi 877-936-9260, in Louisiana 800-472-8664. For more information and additional resources on how CMS is providing support to these states please click here.