Update on COVID-19 waivers and end of the state peacetime emergency

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Update on COVID-19 waivers and end of the state peacetime emergency

On June 30, the Minnesota Legislature voted to end the state peacetime emergency effective Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. This ended the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency authority the Department of Human Services (DHS) has under Executive Orders 20-11 and 20-12 to seek federal authority to change or waive federal requirements and to modify and waive certain statutes and rules related to DHS programs. We have used this authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. DHS is working quickly to analyze the language in the 2021 HHS Omnibus bill that modified the transition timeline for a number of the state’s COVID-19 waivers and modifications. We are also making several pandemic changes a part of permanent state law. DHS will be making updates to its waivers and modifications webpage to reflect revised dates soon. Please check the DHS website for bulletins, manuals, and other regular communications for program-specific guidance over the coming weeks.

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