MaineCare: Unwinding the Public Health Emergency (PHE)
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) and relaxed certain requirements to ensure Medicaid (known as MaineCare) members could continue to access healthcare services. The federal government declared that the PHE would end (also known as unwinding) on May 11, 2023.
Starting May 12, 2023, some billing flexibilities and how MaineCare members access health care services reverted back to how they were administered prior to the declaration of the PHE.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is working to update its COVID-19 and End of PHE web page with current information concerning the end of the PHE and will send notifications as updates are made.
Following are links to recently added or updated documents:
To support MaineCare providers through this transitional period, MaineCare developed a provider-only e-mail box to submit questions related to the end of the PHE.
Health Care Worker Vaccination FAQs
These FAQs address COVID-19 vaccination of health care workers in Maine under the final Maine DHHS rule, including changes from the emergency rule, and how this rule may relate to similar Federal rules, with the caveat that Federal agencies are the authorities on their rules. These FAQs supersede the FAQs on the emergency rule for immunization requirements for Maine health care workers.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All PPE requests must made directly through County Emergency Management Agencies. Contact your county’s agency to find out how to submit your PPE order (each county agency has established their own order process). The Alliance has a supply of disposable 3-layer face masks (ear loops and adjustable nose bridge) for purchase.
Available for purchase through the Alliance: disposable 3-layer face masks (ear loops and adjustable nose bridge) and 2 oz hand sanitizers. CLICK HERE to order.
Educate Yourself & Staff
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
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