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HHS declares public health emergency in Texas

HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health emergency in Texas, which allows the CMS to relax some rules for health care professionals meeting emergency health needs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration activated a mental health hotline, and the CMS is providing planning data to the state health department for use in meeting the needs of Medicare beneficiaries who need electrically powered medical equipment and home health services.

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