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Governor Holcomb Extends Public Health Emergency to November 30, 2021

Posted Oct 29, 20211 min Read

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On  October 29, 2021, Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 21-28, which extends Indiana’s public health emergency until November 30, 2021.  Indiana’s public health emergency was set to expire on October 31, 2021 and can be extended in 30-day increments at a time under state law.  On October 15, 2021, the federal public health emergency was been extended through mid-January 2022 and any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice.

In a press release, the Governor specifically highlighted the removal of three provisions from the most recent executive orders, including:

  • Direction for hospitals to reprioritize or postpone non-emergent procedures;
  • Reporting requirements for hospitals regarding diversion; and
  • Direction to the Indiana Department of Insurance to ask insurers to extend prior authorization for postponed non-emergent procedures and prior authorizations for the transfer or discharge of patients.

Due to the extension of the state’s public health emergency, the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDH) Blanket Waivers are currently extended until November 30, 2021.  For a summary of IDH’s Blanket Waivers, please click here.

For information on the extension of temporary heath care licensure and registration requirements for out-of-state health care providers, click here.

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Zach Cattell, President, Indiana Health Care Association