Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in Massachusetts

Mar 15, 2023

the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that the state’s COVID-19 public health emergency will end on May 11, 2023, to align with the end of the federal public health emergency. The announcement this week, ahead of the 45-day notice required by state law, allows additional time for impacted organizations to prepare for the end of the public health emergency.

Governor Healey will reportedly also file legislation that would extend key flexibilities provided by the public health emergency, particularly around staffing for the health care industry and emergency medical services (EMS).

As MHAC posted previously, starting April 1, 2023, all current MassHealth members will need to renew their health coverage to ensure they still qualify for their current benefit. These renewals will take place over 12 months. To assist stakeholders in engaging MassHealth members, the Commonwealth created an outreach toolkit.

For certain stakeholders, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and MassHealth will host an informational webinar on the MassHealth redetermination process that will begin on April 1st. Registration for that event is available here.