Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the 2017 California Wildfires

This MLN Matters® Special Edition Article is intended for providers and suppliers who submit claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries, who were affected by the 2017 wildfires in the State of California.

Pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, President Trump declared that, as a result of the effects of the 2017 Wildfires, a major disaster exists in the State of California.

On October 15, 2017, Acting Secretary Hargan of the Department of Health & Human Services declared that a public health emergency exists in the State of California retroactive to October 8, 2017, and authorized waivers and modifications under §1135 of the Social Security Act.

On October 17, 2017, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized waivers under §1812(f) of the Social Security Act for the State of California retroactive to October 8, 2017 for those people who are evacuated, transferred, or otherwise dislocated as a result of the effect of wildfires.

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